by Arlena Echoles
In our generation, the roles in the “average” household have changed quite a bit. Both of the parents take the time to be with their children, the fathers are not always the bread winners, and the mothers are not always at home. This stereotype has dictated the way society has taken view of the “average” family for too long.
In the Legislative Bill # GS 30, Alannah Graves has laid out a new plan titled D.A.D.S., or Dads Acting in Domestic Situations. This bill was passed in the senate its first deliverance. D.A.D.S. is a bill that will help fathers of newborns get more paid time off of work. This bill was centered around the fathers, until an amendment was proposed. This amendment changed mandatory pay from not just fathers, but mothers as well. Alannah Graves got her inspiration to write this from the absence of her own father, she states, “knowing that my dad would have tried to hard to do anything for me is an inspiration.”
This isn’t the only bill that has shown a light on the maternity/paternity subject. In the Legislative Bill # GH 01, Kate Falko describes her plan to set up partial pay for maternity and paternity leave. This bill discusses the twelve weeks of leave and the paid amount to the new family. It does not just regard women, but men as well. During the twelve weeks of absence, it disclaims,”at least two-thirds of the parent’s current salary will be provided.” This bill passed the house and will move onto the next step.
The stereotype of the household are not the same as it used to be in the “dark ages”. The change is not just helping our families, but our future. This bill will change the views of society in the brightest of ways.