Our research has convinced us that men are on the threshold of embracing a new definition of fatherhood and stepping up to the challenges and the rewards of parenting in a much fuller sense then was the case in the past. As their female counterparts are encouraged to “lean in” at work, we believe it is time for fathers to “step up” to parenting proudly and without reservation. It’s time to recognize that half of the world’s parents have too long been ignored or silent on the most important issue in their lives, the well-being of their families and their relationships with them.
We believe fathers are poised for a breakthrough, one that brings a greater appreciation of the important role fatherhood plays in their own lives and that of their family members, and that workplaces should make every effort to support this important effort. Now is the time to move forward, to take action to continue this “Work (and Life) in Progress.” The Boston College Center for Work & Family is committed to taking a leadership role in actively promoting a dialogue and helping fathers, families, organizations, and society appreciate and encourage this evolving definition of fatherhood.