Fatherhood: Removing Gender Bias to Level The Playing Field
The law being challenged applied stricter rules to fathers than a mother when granting citizenship to a child born outside the United States. Justice Ruth Ginsburg wrote the opinion that stated that the law suggested, “that unwed fathers care little about, indeed are strangers to, their children.” These types of rules are based on gender bias from generations ago. It violates the basic principle of equal protection under the law.
Importance of Fatherhood
It is true that child can be raised in a single parent household and still thrive. However, that parent can be either the mother or father.
Both parents contribute uniquely to a child’s life. There is not a complete replacement for either the father or mother. Therefore, it should not be automatically determined that the best interest of the child is the mother simply because of a gender bias favoring placement with the mother.
Fatherhood and Child Development
Studies show that there is a few area that the influence of a father puts the child at an advantage. Several of these studies followed children and their fathers over many years.
The research indicated that children whose fathers who played with, read to, cared for, and took their children on outings had better outcomes. These improved outcomes included few behavior issues. Additional benefits included higher IQs, and fewer delinquency issues as teenagers. These same children were less like to smoke or participate in other risky behavior.
Also, dads tended to use more words during early childhood play which increased the child’s vocabulary. Children with an increased vocabulary tend to be more successful in school later in life.
Unfortunately, we still have to fight for fathers to gain equal rights in the courts. It is important that Fatherhood and the contributions of fathers to the lives of their children are not dismissed because of old gender bias. Don't wait any longer, tex or call today.
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