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Quarterly Essay 75: Men at Work

Australia's Parenthood Trap
Narrated by: Annabel Crabb
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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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?'

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

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Fascinating and important essay

Annabel Crabb pens a really engaging and interesting piece on male roles in child care and paternity leave. she contextualises the topics with examples from business, politics and personal experience. Definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities for change around this issue.

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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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absolutely phenomenal

AC has done it again. If you liked The Wife Drought, you'll love this essay. It's so well researched and written. I want everyone I know to read this. And everyone I don't know... Especially politicians!

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Well worth a listen

Annabel Crabb takes a close look at the changing roles for men as parents and in the workplace. Though provoking and well researched - a must listen.

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For everyman or for every women

Annabel is an Australian jewel. This essay needs to be compulsory reading for every one contemplating starting a family or a political career.

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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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  • Mrsdztb
  • 10-09-2019

Outstanding

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