“Americans Love Seeing Swedish Dads Out With Their Kids. This is a Problem.” Slate, April 11, 2018.
by Caitlyn Collins

Residents of Stockholm love to joke that tourists from the United States are easy to spot fresh off the airplane: As they look around the city’s cobblestone streets, they seem bewildered at the sight of so many men—alone in public, no female partners in sight—pushing children in strollers. They ask why nannying is such a popular job for men. Visitors are shocked to learn that these men aren’t paid babysitters but, in fact, fathers.


In Germany, Parents Can Sue the Government for Failing to Provide Child Care.” The Atlantic, Jan. 10, 2017.
by Caitlyn Collins

A judge has ruled that mothers and fathers can try to recover wages they lost from staying home to take care of their kids. [ . . . ] The court’s decision is part of a broader conversation taking place in Germany and around the world about who is responsible for the care of children in an age when two out of three mothers work outside the home in economically developed countries. In the case of Germany, the government’s decision to offer high-quality, low-cost, universal daycare helps to spread the expense of childrearing across society, suggesting that it is not parents’ job alone to either raise children themselves or contract it out and pay for that service themselves. (Germany’s public child-care system is state-subsidized and its operation is decentralized, so parents’ contributions are set by the regions and vary according to family size and income.) Germany’s approach is not merely some charitable effort to help families; it also comes with real economic gain, as child-care availability is known to have a positive impact on women’s employment decisions.

Quoted, cited:

ABC News, Jan. 12, 2019. “Lack of Paid Family Leave, Support at Work Partly to Blame for 30-Year Low in Fertility Rates” by Kaelyn Forde.

New York Times, Dec. 25, 2018. “The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting” by Claire Cain Miller.

Vox, May 22, 2018. “The Historically Low Birthrate” by Julia Belluz.

Manila Times, Dec. 14, 2017. “Full Employment in the United States? Not for Many Women” by Agence France-Presse.

Washington Post, Sep. 5, 2016. “Of Course Hillary Clinton Went to Work Sick. That’s the American Way” by Emily L. Hauser.

Parents Magazine, Aug. 2016. “Is Work-Life Balance for Moms Total BS?”

The Atlantic, Aug. 5, 2015. “Netflix’s New Parental-Leave Policy: ‘Just About Ideal'” by Rebecca J. Rosen.

NPR’s the Salt, April 29, 2015. “These Parents Make Lovely Lunch Bag Art; Not Everyone is Pleased” by Tove Danovich.

Futurity, Aug. 25, 2015. “Working Moms Fare Better in Sweden Than in Italy” by Rachel Griess.

Psych Central, Aug. 24, 2015. “U.S. Policies Come Up Short in Aiding Working Mothers” by Rick Nauert.

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Aug. 23, 2015. “Study Explores How Nations’ Policies Affect Mothers’ Ability to Balance Work-Family Life.”

Radio, television, podcasts:

Hold That Thought Podcast, Sep. 7, 2017. “Moms at Work: Policies and Perspectives in Europe and the United States.” Washington University in St. Louis (16:30).

BYU Radio – Top of Mind with Julie Rose, Oct. 8, 2015. “Motherhood and Employment” (18:13).

Fox News 7 – Good Day Austin, Sep. 7, 2015. “Balancing Work and Family” (4:16).

Huffington Post live, Aug. 7, 2015. “From CEO Pay to Harvard MBAs.”

KOOP Radio: Radio for People, Not Profit – Writing on the Air, Oct. 11, 2015. “Invisible in Austin with Javier Auyero (55:31).

University of Texas Press Podcast, Sep. 30, 2015. “Invisible in Austin” with Javier Auyero and Katie Jensen (38:34).

Local coverage:

St. Louis Magazine, Sep. 13, 2018. “Author Caitlyn Collins on How Different Countries are Making Motherhood Work” by Jeannette Cooperman and Sarah Kloepple.

Student Life, Washington University, Nov. 13, 2017. “OWN IT Summit Promotes Empowerment, Gender Inclusivity” by Jessica Bigley.

American Association of University Women, Feb. 5, 2016. “AAUW Change-Makers to Watch in 2016.”

Daily Texan, Aug. 28, 2015. “UT Researcher Finds American Women Balance Work, Life Differently than European Counterparts” by Mikaela Cannizzo.

University of Texas at Austin, Aug. 24, 2015. “Nations’ Policies Affect Mothers’ Ability to Balance Work-Family Life, Study Shows.” (Reprinted in Italy Art Space, Science Daily)

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