Parental Leaves and Gender Equality: The Effect of Parental Leaves on Women’s and Men’s Careers

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2 Feb 2024

12:00 -13:30

Times are shown in local time.

Open to: All

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Room W2.02 (Cambridge Judge Business School)

Trumpington St



United Kingdom

Join our Strategy and International Business seminar

Speaker: Dr Ivona Hideg, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Seminar Strategy and International Business.

About the seminar topic

Parental leaves are critical for gender equality, with many countries encouraging longer parental leaves. Yet, past research shows that longer parental leaves can have unintended negative career impacts, especially for women. I present data examining the effect of parental leaves on women’s and men’s careers in the context of parental leaves in Canada and Australia.

I first examine effects of longer (one year and above) parental leaves on women’s careers and identify a mechanism underlying negative effects of longer maternity leaves and test interventions mitigating such negative effects. Next, I show that contrary to the negative effects of parental leaves on women’s careers, the effects of parental leaves on men’s careers can be positive. This is due to others’ enhanced perceptions of men’s communality, for example like traits generally ascribed to women such as warmth and friendliness.

Speaker bio

Ivona Hideg is Associate Professor of Organisation Studies at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Previously, she was a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School, and she served as an Associate Editor at Academy of Management Journal. She is currently serving as a Chair of the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology (CSIOP) and is on the methods advisory panel at the Administrative Science Quarterly.

Ivona studies workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion. In her work she focuses on gender, but also examines issues surrounding race, language, and socio-economic background diversity including intersectionality. Her research has been published in leading journals such as Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), Journal of Applied Psychology (JAP), Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP), Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP), and Organisational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP). Her work has also been featured in practice-oriented journals including Harvard Business Review and the Conversation. She holds a PhD from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Finally, but not least importantly, Ivona is a proud mom of two young children!


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