The causes for income inequality and the gender pay gap are many and varied, and the solutions should be the same. We, as a nation, cannot just pass one limited pay equality bill and sit on our hands, saying that we fixed the problem.
Taking care of the little bundle isn't a female thing. It's a parent thing. But if men continue to back down and employers persist in dissuading fathers from taking leave, children will remain a "women's issue," which can be detrimental to both men and women.
One of the most telling questions in the second debate focused on the gender pay gap: asking in what ways the candidates would "rectify the inequalities in the workplace. The Romney answer was an embarrassment and the president could have said more.
It is ironic that the individuals who champion family values and cry it from mountain tops left and right (mostly right) are the ones that are conspicuously absent when it comes to providing families with such an important provision as a decent parental leave.
Despite the hopes and expectations of the wonders this policy measure might achieve, the honest answer is: the evidence that it does is weak, and there is also evidence of unintended and adverse effects.