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When New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced her pregnancy, the headlines raced around the world. But when Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg became the first prime minister and treasurer duo since the 1970s to take on the roles while bringing up young children, this detail passed largely without notice. Why do we still accept that fathers will be absent? Why do so few men take parental leave in this country? Why is flexible and part-time work still largely a female preserve?

In the past half-century, women have revolutionised the way they work and live. But men’s lives have changed remarkably little. Why? Is it because men don’t want to change? Or is it because, every day in various ways, they are told they shouldn’t?

In Men at Work, Annabel Crabb deploys political observation, workplace research and her characteristic humour and intelligence to argue that gender equity cannot be achieved until men are as free to leave the workplace (when their lives demand it) as women are to enter it.

'Women’s surge into the workplace has been profound over the last century. But it hasn’t been matched by movement in the other direction: while the entrances have been opened to women, the exits are still significantly blocked to men. And if women have benefited from the sentiment that ‘girls can do anything’, then don’t we similarly owe it to the fathers, mothers and children of the future to ensure that ‘boys can do anything’ means everything from home to work?'

Updated in 2020 with a new afterword, which explores what have we learned from the parental experiment of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

©2019, 2020 Annabel Crabb (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Culture change

I really enjoyed listening to this essay. I loved that it's in Annabel's own voice and I found her research, information and interviews interesting and thought provoking. I've recommended it to a few people, and have emphasised even if they don't have children, the concept of challenging and changing the status quo and how this is done, is one of the important messages that I took from this essay.

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a great looks at an intrinsic paradigm

loved this essay, with a 9 week old in our house and a wife that has a higher salary then me, it has sparked our thinking and opened discussion.

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The century for men’s liberation

Such an important conversation at the beginning of the century for men’s liberation. Thank you Annabel Crabb and to all the great researchers you draw on.

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Very relevant listen.

A topic bought into the realm of possibility during the covid pandemic. Flexible work and shared parenting is what Australian families need and what men need to throw of the oppression of distant fathers locked into the 9 to 5 regime.

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  • 05-12-2020

Highly recommend

Excellently written, short but informative, read by the author. The chapter titles are read jarringly close to the end of the previous sentence, but otherwise very well presented. The work presents a very topical, interesting and under-researched debate; well worth a listen!

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Eye opening

The book opens up a new discussion that it's over due in Australia. look forwards to seeing the consequences of books like this

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Insightful essay

A great essay that explores the intersection of the workplace and the role of “family” in Australia. I’d recommend this to anyone who seeks an introduction to Annabel Crabb and her writing style.

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Absolutely brilliant. Balanced and well argued.

Polished narration punctuated with dry humour and cogent arguments delivered in typical Annabel style. Superlative

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Thought provoking

A great analysis of Australian culture at the moment. Makes me rethink many norms and how we can better them for both men and women. A short and easy read for all.

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Insightful and essential

An Insightful and essential read for every family with and without kids. Perfect timing too with working from home.

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  • 18-09-2019

Annabel rocks

Excellent study of this important social issue from a different point of view which is very significant. Well worth listening to👍

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  • 10-09-2019

Outstanding

Such a great essay and brilliantly narrated by the author! Fascinating issues and thought provoking

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  • 19-07-2020

great as usual

made me think in a new way and engage on a topic I've thought about a lot already

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