Recognizing Husbands: You’ve Come a Long Way Baby
By Shama Yunus-Joynt BA, CPHR, SHRM-SCP
I remember sitting in a graduate class about 10 years ago listening to a discussion about work-life balance and child care issues faced by people with young children. I was quite surprised by the contributions of the men in the room. With the exception of the single men with no kids, all had lots to contribute regarding the responsibilities and stresses associated with having children. You might ask why I was surprised – every one knows that working couples with children face these issues every day.
Fast forwarding about 20 years to this day in the classroom, I was amazed at the self-confidence displayed by these men as they talked about fathering and being a husband. I couldn’t help but feel that these men had become empowered to contribute equally to the work of the household, the same way that women had become empowered to contribute equally to the finances. It made me smile a whole lot. Now, I am not naïve; the patriarchy is alive and well, and women are still fighting for things they shouldn’t have to fight for; what I want to emphasize is the transformation that has taken place in men over the past 50 years. It’s not enough for men to just be ‘helpers’ any more on the domestic front. They are expected to be equal partners in the running of the household.
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About the Author
Shama Yunus-Joynt is an experienced Human Resources professional specializing in culture and engagement. She has a background in coaching and mental health which she combines in a very unique way towards helping companies define and execute an extraordinary people strategy. Connect with Shama on LinkedIn to learn more about her.
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