Parental Leave for All, MJ Hegar
MJ Hegar believes that parental leave shouldn’t be gendered after covering for both men and women in the Air Force.
MJ HEGAR: When I was in Afghanistan the first time, at the end of the first tour, we found out that one of the guys who was coming in with the unit to relieve us-- his wife had just had a baby. And so they were looking for volunteers, and I raised my hand to volunteer to extend. So watching my unit go home, and the build-up to a unit going home is pretty significant. I mean, you're thinking about the cheeseburger that you want to eat, or the beer you want to drink, or the sports you want to watch, or something. It's not just women who need to be there for their kids. Men have family issues, too. And well, yes, if I had gotten pregnant, then I would need someone to cover for me. But I covered for plenty of guys whose wives got pregnant, and it's the same thing. So it's not a male-female thing. It's a we're going to cover each other's backs when we need to.