Restroom gender equity for diaper changing tables

Should Gender Equity Include Diaper Changing Tables?

by Elaine Schwartz    •    May 5, 2014    •    870 Views

Women are used to seeing fold-out diaper changing tables in restrooms. A baby care convenience, they are not required by any law.

Now though, California is deciding whether infants’ changing tables should be mandated. One proposal requires diapering stations in both men’s and women’s restrooms in larger public venues like movie theaters or restaurants. Giving businesses a bit more leeway, a second bill says they need only be installed in new and newly renovated restrooms. The goal of both legislative initiatives is baby care gender equity in men’s and women’s restrooms.

Pew Research looked at the increasing number of hours dads are spending with their kids:

Restroom gender equity with infant changing tables

Mom/Dad Division of Labor

The laws’ advocates have equality and convenience in mind while opponents perceive an additional business expense and government overstepping its bounds.

I wonder though if a changing table amenity should just be one other way that businesses compete?

Sources and Resources: For more facts about California’s proposed changing  table laws, the LA Times had a good summary. I especially enjoyed, though, the Pew Report on how families’ division of labor is indeed changing.

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