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Prince William’s Charming Choice to Take Leave

Judith Warner writes about how Prince William's recent decision to take paternity leave speaks to the larger discourse surrounding paid leave.

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  • Judith Warner

On the face of it, Prince William’s decision to take two weeks of job-protected, paid statutory paternity leave is absurd.

The heir to the British throne can live without the approximately $206 a week in taxpayer funds that men in the U.K. are entitled to receive if they take time off to welcome a baby.

But as a symbolic gesture, the prince’s choice is, as the Brits would say, brilliant. For in William’s subtle, necessarily apolitical, good-guy way, he has issued the boldest possible statement of support for true workplace equality between men and women. It’s a message that was too quickly buried amid all the baby-naming hysteria this week. And it’s one that we in the U.S. need to hear if we’re ever going to get past the place where women have been mired for the past decade.

The above excerpt was originally published in Bloomberg. Click here to view the full article.

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Judith Warner

Senior Fellow