Ericka Taylor, Director of the Fair Budget Coalition

Since my brother, the youngest of five, was delivered by Caesarean (requiring six weeks of bedrest for my mother) my father shifted from being a caregiving partner to being solely responsible for all the cooking, cleaning, homework help, and transportation to extracurriculars, while also helping care for a newborn. That had to take a huge physical and financial toll, and it should shame us all that things are not much better now, nearly 30 years later. It’s time to make gender-equal parental and family leave a reality.