How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, And Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together

Removing the “Man-Can’t” Myth

How can businesses adapt and encourage men to become co-champions for change in the workplace?

The answer requires ending myths about men, particularly that men are not truly caring.

Josh Levs, a former CNN and NPR journalist and now the leading global expert on modern fatherhood, shares his insights on how acknowledging men as caregivers is a crucial step for the career equality of women. It’s time for a reality check to demystify and bust myths about gender to advance gender equality in the workplace. Josh Levs is an entrepreneur, Peabody award winning former CNN and NPR journalist, and leading advocate for gender equality, bringing men into the effort like never before. The United Nations named him a Global Champion of Gender Equality. The Financial Times named him one of the “top 10 male feminists.” A New York Times front-page story declared him “a pioneer.” He’s the author of All In, the award-winning book that explains why embracing modern fatherhood and ending myths about men are essential elements in creating a level playing field for women. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

About the Book

Growing numbers of men are becoming stay-at-home dads, working part-time, or taking on flexible schedules to spend more time with their children. Even the traditional breadwinner-dad is being transformed. Dads today are more emotionally and physically involved on the home front than ever before. They are “all in” and—like mothers—struggling with work-life balance and doing it all.

Levs explains that despite these unprecedented changes, the structures that shape our family lives remain rigid. Our laws, corporate policies, and gender-based expectations in the workplace are horribly outdated, preventing both women and men from living out the equality we believe in—and hurting businesses in the process too. Women have done a great job of speaking out about this, Levs argues. It’s time for men to join in—in a big way.

Combining Levs’ personal experiences with investigative reporting and frank conversations with fathers about everything from work life to money to sex, All In busts popular myths, lays out facts, uncovers the forces holding all of us back, and shows how we can join together to change them.

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