State of America’s Fathers 2016 Report

State of America’s Fathers reveals never-before-seen data in this first-ever comprehensive report on U.S. fatherhood. It takes an honest look at what it means to be a dad in the United States today, how it’s different than ever before, and the future of this fatherhood revolution.

This report was produced by Promundo-US as a MenCare advocacy publication. MenCare is a global fatherhood campaign active in over 35 countries on five continents. Its mission is to promote men’s involvement as equitable, nonviolent fathers and caregivers in order to achieve family well-being, gender equality, and better health for mothers, fathers, and children. MenCare is coordinated by Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice in collaboration with its steering committee: the MenEngage Alliance, Save the Children, and Rutgers.

Click here for a PDF of the full report, or here for a link to its home on the MenCare website.

From the Executive Summary:

‘Fatherhood in America is changing – and changing fast.

‘We have come a long way toward achieving gender equality in parenting, but there are key areas where the United States (U.S.) is failing its parents and failing to achieve equality. National data show that women with children under the age of six spend just over an hour a day on hands-on care, while men only do about half that amount. Fathers are taking on more childcare and domestic work than ever before – and they say they want to do more – but we still have a long way to go.

‘The U.S. also fails to support its families – particularly those at the lowest income levels – with living wages, paid parental leave, and other programs and policies to ensure that children get the care they need. We are not yet a child-friendly and parent-supportive country. In this first-ever State of America’s Fathers report, we present a plan for how to become one.

‘State of America’s Fathers provides recommendations on what it will take to reach equality in caregiving, to achieve work-life balance for parents in all their diversity, and to support nonresident, low-income fathers. The report also presents new, preliminary data on changes in work-life fit from the 2016 National Study of the Changing Workforce.’