What is it about?

Nowadays women still assume most of the family and household work. The birth of children reinforces these inequalities mainly because of an unbalanced distribution of time in childcare shouldered by women and men in the first months after birth. Thus, despite European directives that aimed at promoting a fair sharing of parental time, parental leave is still mainly taken by women in France. In order to find the leverage for a more balanced distribution of family time and thus fight against professional gender inequalities, this work aims to better understand the self‐censorship behaviors that prevent men from having recourse to parental leave.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that the work environment is responsible for men exercising self-censorship related to parental leave. More precisely the presence of self-censorship is gender-related (male, female & gender-neutral work environment); depends on organizational practices as well as on the (gender) of the superior. We also find that the social environment can be a reason for men not taking parental leave because of stereotypical prejudices related to the father/mother roles and the breadwinner role of men.


This work is a fruit of tow previous articles. The first article treats female self-censorship factors at work (Borel & Soparnot, 2016, 2020) and the second article discusses the difficulties that male population can face at work (Essig & Soparnot, 2019). It is a great honor to be able to bring my own stone to the saber community and to contribute to the tremendous work (that still needs to be done) on gender equality (SDGs goal n° 5).

Elena Essig
ESSCA School of Management

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This page is a summary of: L'autocensure des hommes face au congé parental: Le cas français, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences / Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l Administration, December 2021, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/cjas.1656.
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