Anne Hathaway Speaks at UN For International Women's Day

Carla Harmon
March 10, 2017

American men are entitled to nothing", she said, before adding, "That information landed differently for me when one week after my son's birth, I could barely walk.

Anne spoke about her little boy during her speech at the United Nations, and revealed how her perspective on parental leave changed after she became a first-time mother in March a year ago.

Anne Hathaway waited for the ideal occasion for her nearly 1-year-old son Jonathan to make his Instagram debut.


Anne drew on her own family background in her speech, explaining how she couldn't spend much time with her dad as he was the family's sole earner, while her mother had to choose between having a career or raising kids. Paid parental leave is not about taking days off work. "The truth is, for too many people it doesn't".

"The deeper into the issues of paid parental leave that I go, the clearer I see the connection between persisting barriers to women's full equality and empowerment, and the need to redefine and in some cases, destigmatize men's roles as caregivers."
"We now know it creates a perception of women as being inconvenient to the workplace". Wearing a red dress to commemorate International Women's Day, the actress emphasized the need for companies and businesses to rethink their policies to include men. She pointed out how unfair it is that in 2017, we still largely demand that childcare fall to the mother.

Out of almost 200 nations surveyed, 86% provide some sort of paid leave to mothers - our nation has nothing on the books requiring employers to provide even a single day of paid maternity leave, much less parental leave for fathers. In other words, "you'll be seeing a lot of me!" joked Hathaway.


The Oscar winner's picture is more than just a cute shot of her son, it is a reminder that parental leave affects parents as well as these cute wee cherubs.

"In the modern world, some families have two daddies".


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