Society has changed in the past decades. Men and women both want to raise a family, as always, but both wish to move on in their careers, too. Work and family life have almost become two completely different spheres. Many families depend on two incomes in order to get by. It is vital, therefore, that the state create a framework in which parents can reconcile work and family life. This includes, among other factors, a good network of professional childcare facilities and parents’ rights in the workplace.
Last, but not least, domestic tasks should be shared equally between men and women. Part-time job? Who does the cooking and cleaning? Who looks after the children? And who takes the kids to the crèche? Every couple must find itsown answers to these questions. Thisis not always easy, because society expects different things of men and women. Every mother and every father has her or his own ideas of what it means to be a parent. Equal rights for men and women are a constitutional right in Switzerland. Now we must find ways for families to live up to this principle every day.