PhD Graduate Judy Beglaubter on the Gendered Difference of Parental Leave

Judy BeglaubterPhD Graduate Judy Beglaubter published an article in Canadian Review of Sociology that examines heterosexual couple’s decisions regarding parental leave.  She explores whether these decisions are motivated by the desire for the parent to be at home, or if they were compelled by their circumstance.

Judy Beglaubter obtained her PhD in Sociology at the University of Toronto in 2018. Her research interests are in gender and family relations, specifically men’s involvement in families.

We have posted the citation and abstract for her article below.  The full article is available through Wiley Online Library.

Beglaubter, J. (2017). “Balancing the Scales: Negotiating Father’s paternal Leave Use.” Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 54: 476-496. doi:10.1111/cars.12173

Studying couples who shared parental leave presents the opportunity to explore decision‐making processes that may challenge conventional care arrangement typical of early parenthood. Interviews with 33 Canadian heterosexual couples indicate gendered sticking points in the division of official leave time. Whether fathers took leave because of their personal desires or material circumstances, this study finds that men and women did not enter negotiations on a level playing field. Strong cultural support for mothers’–but not fathers’–time with baby tipped the scales toward maternal care giving, even when couples wanted to share parental leave. Nevertheless, financial considerations such as a man’s topped‐up pay or woman’s career could lessen the weight of mothers’ moral entitlement to the leave time by presenting couples with an alternative logic on which to base their decision making