Dr. Harrington is a frequent contributor to global conversations on workforce issues. He is available to speak to the media about a variety of workforce topics. To contact Dr. Harrington about media appearances, click here. Some past appearances include:
Utilizing Brad's research and insight as a springboard into understanding the obstacles holding dads back from family leave, the article underscores the necessity of empowering workers to balance their careers and caregiving duties regardless of gender.
As Brad observed from the Center for Work and Family's 2019 study, "Giving men paid leave and giving gender equitable leave periods is the most obvious example of sending a signal to men that men are caregivers too."
Jason Beaubien's podcast, " All Things Considered" discusses fatherhood in the 21st century.
"The number of men in the United States who are full-time, stay-at-home parents has risen steadily in recent decades, from maybe a million or so in 1984, according to a Pew Research Center estimate, to roughly double that in 2014. That's still much smaller than the number of stay-at-home moms, of course, and many of the challenges these dads face are universal to parenting."
Interviews by Hill Holiday in AdWeek make powerful points about fatherhood.
When agencies work on internal holiday-centric content (see: holiday cards and videos), the results can be enjoyable, but mixed. For Father’s Day, it could be easy to go down the predictable path that advertising has built over the years with bumbling dads or the other various stereotypes.
Tom Ashbrook's podcast, " On Point" discusses fatherhood in the 21st century.
"Parenthood asks a lot. Of moms and dads. This weekend is Father's Day. OK, maybe it’s a greeting card company concoction. But we’ll use it, as a chance to look at what’s going on with fatherhood. Traditional roles. New roles. Who’s pulling the weight at home. Who wants to. Who’s not. New research says we’ve got dads who are traditionalists, egalitarians and “conflicted.” Who’s happiest? This hour On Point: Fatherhood now. Whatever everybody wants from it – moms, dads, and kids." -- Tom Ashbrook
What’s Parental Leave’s Biggest Benefit? Building Confident Fathers This article gives an overview of Brad's research on working men's desire for paternity leave and other opportunities to be present caregivers. It also features comments from Brad on the patterns he has seen through a decade of researching fatherhood. He discusses how an absence of paternity leave in US companies leads to reinforcement of traditional gender roles and decreases fathers' confidence in their parenting abilities.
How Hard Should You Push for Paternity Leave? Beginning with the lack of attention to fathers' issues in 2015 Democratic debates, the author discusses changing fatherhood in the US. Millennial dads' role in pioneering much of that change is explored, backed by Brad's research on Millennial fathers and quotations from him.
Dad-Friendly Work Policies Begin Growing Up A variety of workplace supports - from paid paternity leave to affinity groups and workplace planning assistance - can help ensure that working dads are able to participate in caregiving. Brad's research and commentary supports the endorsement of these policies by executives and employees in this article.
New Frontier in Paid Parental Leave: Dads Get as Much Time Off as Moms This article launches from the story of one father at EY and his experience with parental leave into a discussion on trends within several companies of increasing leave time and making it gender neutral. Brad comments on the stigma men face around taking parental leave and his findings from several years of New Dad studies.
SPOTLIGHT: As A Reporter Bids Farewell, He Asks: What's It Like To Be A Stay At Home Dad In Idaho? Brad lends his voice to a discussion on how some fathers make the decision with their partners to become stay at home dads. He also comments on some of the difficulties that stay at home fathers face and why they choose to persevere.
How Today's Multi-tasking, Chore-sharing, Ever-attentive Dad Is Sparking a "Quiet Revolution" in Parenting This article takes the long-view on societal changes which have contributed to changing definitions of fatherhood. Brad calls the expansion of paid parental leave one of the fastest moving social trends in America. He comments on the generational shift toward family-oriented goals and more nuanced view of masculinity.
"Don't let the sport coat fool you -- Simon Isaacs is ready for the playground. He's with his two-year-old daughter Kaia, selling imaginary tacos.
And while Simon's afternoon with her may not look like much, certainly no more than what many moms do every day, the 36-year-old entrepreneur sees it as a small act of revolution."
"A new survey of American workers suggests that many employees are still hesitant to take advantage of parental leave benefits, even as high-profile companies continue to offer more generous paid leave policies.
Consulting firm Deloitte used an online poll to survey 1,000 employed adults across America with access to employer benefits, asking men and women to respond to questions about how they and their co-workers perceive parental leave."