He's almost 1 year old, but actress Anne Hathaway has shared the very first photo of her son, Jonathan Rosebanks, with husband Adam Shulman.
Of course, we don't get to see the tot's face, but I totally understand the Oscar-winner's need for privacy. But it's fun to finally see a shot of Jonathan, and this one is super-meaningful for his famous mama. That's because her son was watching mom make a speech at the United Nations about the importance of paid parental leave, on International Women's Day.
In it, Hathaway points out a shocking reality that faces many new mothers, saying, "One in four American women go back to work two weeks after giving birth because they can't afford to take off any more time than that. That's 25 percent of American women." Then she notes that even when women can afford to take 12 weeks off, they often won't take it "because it will mean incurring a motherhood penalty, meaning that they will be perceived as less dedicated to their job and will be passed over for promotions and other career advancements."
But the actress is clear about how the issue of paid parental leave impacts both sexes. She says in part that "in order to liberate women, we need to liberate men." Hathaway hopes new policies will shatter the "stubborn" stereotype that only women "look after the home and the family" and encourage men to equally participate in family life.
She prods, "I'd like to ask, how many of us here today saw our dads enough growing up? How many of you dads here see your kids enough now?"
I sure wish my husband had felt he could take more than few days off after the births of our children. And I certainly wish he didn't always work such long hours so he could help out more around the house! So I agree with Hathaway that things need to change, and applaud her for taking on this issue of unparalleled importance.
Oh, and P.S., Jonathan is super cute!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.