With this latest World Cup win—their fourth out of the eight championships in the event’s entire existence— the United States Women’s National Team has cemented itself as the gold standard of soccer. Simply put, they’re the greatest team the sport has ever known, and yet you wouldn’t know it from their paychecks.
People recognize the USWNT acronym all over the world, but even though the U.S. dudes have never hoisted the trophy, they get paid much more. And for those of you thinking, “But wait, Dad 2.0 Summit. You get paid based on the revenue you generate,” we agree with you.
It may seem counterintuitive for men like us to want to subvert this kind of societal advantage, but it’s not. Any kind of prejudice is a bad deal, and if you’ve ever been judged as a less-than-capable caregiver simply because you don’t resemble what some dinosaur thinks a parent is, you at least have some idea why the USWNT’s lawsuit exists.
We’re all about meritocracy, here. As we’ve said many times: If you want to take women seriously as entrepreneurs, legislators, and world-class athletes, you need to recognize that men can be just as good at taking care of kids. That’s we push back against stereotypes from both sides.
If nothing else, we should embrace equal pay because Snoop Dogg says so. We’re rocking with that.
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“Fathers who are more involved in household and childcare responsibilities are likely to be more sensitive to their infants.”
“Be kind to yourself, people say when you’ve been bereaved . . . but the people who say these kind things do not, sadly, make the rules.”
“No matter the age, it is a natural human tendency to get excited, sign up for an event and then later get nervous.”
What to tell your kids instead of “Five more minutes.”
Napping is a science.
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- “I wouldn’t give back that time for any amount of money. But I was fortunate. For many families, spending time with a new child remains a financial obstacle.” – Eli Lipmen; Los Angeles Should Lead on Paid Family Leave
- “‘It was more confrontation than collaboration,’ my dad is fond of saying. And on that point, at least, we agree.” – Erik Ofgang; The Joy of Writing a Book with My Dad
- “Those three simple words messed me up for an entire week. I asked my wife if she heard them, too, or if I was hallucinating.” – Wajahat Ali; My Dad’s Sudden Outburst: ‘I Love You’
- “Living as well as we can today is the most important use of our time.” – Rob Ainbinder; A Loss of Words: Recognizing & Mourning to Move Forward
- “It’s time we ensure that parents can be home with a child without sacrificing the ability to put food on the table.” – Josh Levs; To Achieve Gender Equality, We Need to Support Men as Caregivers
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