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Mark Zuckerberg Announces Paternity Leave 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Continues to Prove That Paternity Leave Should Be the Norm

When Max was born, I took two months of paternity leave. I will always be grateful I could spend so much time with her...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, August 18, 2017

Since becoming a dad, Mark Zuckerberg has taken passionate stances on several polarizing parenting topics. In addition to urging parents to vaccinate their children, the Facebook CEO also advocates for paternity leave. With the birth of his second daughter approaching, Zuckerberg announced that he will be taking his paternity leave later this year.

On Facebook — where else? — Zuckerberg shared a picture of his daughter, Max, and said, "When Max was born, I took two months of paternity leave. I will always be grateful I could spend so much time with her in the first months of her life." He then said he is planning on taking two months of paternity leave when his second daughter is born.

Zuckerberg will also be taking advantage of Facebook's paternity leave policy that allows new dad to take that time off in segments. "I'll take a month off to be with Priscilla and the girls at the beginning, and then we'll spend the whole month of December together as well," he said, adding, "I'm looking forward to bonding with our new little one and taking Max on adventures."

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The soon-to-be dad of two ended his announcement by speaking to the benefits of paternity leaves. He said, "At Facebook, we offer four months of maternity and paternity leave because studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, it's good for the entire family. And I'm pretty sure the office will still be standing when I get back."

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