Pete Buttigieg Joins the Parental Leave Debate: ‘This Is Work.’

There is no way for a working parent to know how much time they will have to devote to caring for a baby, much less two, or how much of an impact their job will have on their ability to do so.

As the political stakes for his employer were growing, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg found himself in an awkward position.

Pete Buttigieg Joins the Parental Leave Debate: ‘This Is Work.’

Buttigieg and his husband Chasten adopted twins, Penelope Rose and Joseph August, in August after trying for a year.

Inconveniences such as supply shortages and delayed conveyance of commodities have further worsened as the epidemic has progressed, coinciding with the arrival of the newborns.

Buttigieg took use of the “pro-family” policies of the Biden administration to take paid time off to spend time with his newborn twins on Friday, while he discussed these policies with a reporter on the phone.

But then he revealed a truth that thousands of fathers and mothers have learned the hard way, but that few men in positions of authority have spoken openly about.

The Debate Over Pete Buttigieg’s Paternity Leave is Missing One Thing: The Birth Mother

This gigantic red herring was born in the news cycle in early October, and ever since then, the most prominent voices in the country have been feasting on it.

That time off for Pete Buttigieg to be a dad is what I’m referring to. Social media went crazy in October when it was revealed that Mr. Buttigieg.

Secretary of transportation in the Biden administration, had been on paid paternity leave for two months after he and his husband announced their adoption of twins in August.

Do not misunderstand me; when I argue that the issue of paternity leave is a red herring, I am not implying that it is of no importance.

From personal experience, I can attest to the critical need for assistance among new mothers (and how capable men are of bonding with newborns).


While discussion rages over Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s paid paternity leave during the supply chain crisis.

The Biden administration and legislative lawmakers are battling over what federal paid family leave would look like.

Less than 5% of fathers take at least two weeks off after the birth of their child, despite the fact that over half of them favour paid paternity leave, according to research from Ball State University.

Although nine states and the District of Columbia now have paid family leave programmes, the United States is the only developed country that does not offer paid family leave.