New Law Obliges to Change Tables In Men's Lavatories Because Dads Also Change Nappies

The new law, that has been welcomed by many, is seen as an effort to keep up with changing parental norms.
New York has been in the news for passing a few new laws in the past few months. There is now a new law that states that fathers are now given access to changing tables in public restrooms so that they too can now change their children's diapers. This law has been effective from the 1st of January. It seems like a law that was desperately needed because fathers are also parents and it is their responsibility to take care of the child as well. This isn't something that the women have complained about. Even men have raised this argument in the past few years. This was the same reason that paternity leaves are now a thing. They do not do it only to reduce the stress and the workload that the mothers have but also because they genuinely care and want to actively take part in the process of parenting.

The announcement of such a change in public restrooms as part of a new law was initially announced by the Governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, back in April 2018. In the announcement he made, he mentioned that the state would provide for changing tables in men's restrooms in not just the public restrooms but the restrooms that are in parks and other places but even those restrooms that are situated in restaurants. This was law would be part of the 2018 Women’s Agenda.
New Law Obliges to Change Tables In Men's Lavatories Because Dads Also Change Nappies

In a statement, the Governor said, "New York proudly leads the nation in fighting for the rights of working parents, and by ensuring access to these amenities, we will help ensure all New Yorkers can give their children the care they need at this critical stage of their lives." This means that there will be a change in the state's Uniform Building Code. As per the change, all newly built structures and renovated buildings will have public bathrooms that will consist of "safe and compliant changing tables".
New Law Obliges to Change Tables In Men's Lavatories Because Dads Also Change Nappies

The statement added that "Changing tables will be available to both men and women, and there must be at least one changing table accessible to both genders per publicly-accessible floor." It was further mentioned, "Building owners or managers must post clear signs directing the public to the location of the nearest available changing table." With direction signs to the nearest changing tables available at the restaurants and other buildings, it makes it very convenient and possible for the dads to go out with their children alone, without having to worry about how and where to change diapers.
New Law Obliges to Change Tables In Men's Lavatories Because Dads Also Change Nappies

The new law appears to be an effort made to keep up to date with the drastically changing parenting norms in the past few years (that still continue to change). Childcare was known to be only the job of women in historical times but things have changed now. In the 21st-century people don't believe that it is only the duty of the woman to raise the child or take care of the child, male parents don't just think that it is their responsibility but also like to take up the job of taking care of the child.
New Law Obliges to Change Tables In Men's Lavatories Because Dads Also Change Nappies

According to the Pew Research Centre, in 2016, most fathers reported that they spent at least eight hours a week on childcare. When compared to previous studies it showed that this was thrice the number of the time men spent on childcare back in 1965. This research is only restricted to men in America. In fact, men don't look at parenting as a chore but rather see it as central to their identity; parenting shows people who they actually are. The difference between the number of hours spent on childcare between now and 1965 is because, in the modern world, men are not the sole breadwinners of the family. Women work jobs that are equally important, stressful, and get paid well too (not yet paid equally though). This gives them more time to spend with their children.

Sen. Brad Hoylman was the one who initially introduced the bill. He said, "It’s not just moms who change diapers. Dads need to step up and do their part of the dirty work, too," In a statement released. He further added, "Governor Cuomo and the legislature are taking an important step in recognizing changing parental norms, including a new generation of gay dads like me who no longer should have to change their babies on the bathroom floor because there’s no changing station in the men’s restroom."
New Law Obliges to Change Tables In Men's Lavatories Because Dads Also Change Nappies

Fathers themselves have been very vocal about the need for changing tables in public restrooms. Back in 2015, actor Ashton Kutcher put up a post on Facebook complaining about the lack of this facility. Donte Palmer, a stay-at-home father from Florida even started the Squat For Change, an organization that ensures that all family members have access to safe and clean changing tables. In 2015, Holyman wrote, "We no longer live in an age of segregated gender spheres." He further added, "Since 1989, the number of stay-at-home dads has more than doubled, climbing to more than 2 million by 2010. Women now constitute fully half of the American workforce and serve as breadwinners for 40 percent of households."
New Law Obliges to Change Tables In Men's Lavatories Because Dads Also Change Nappies

New Law Obliges to Change Tables In Men's Lavatories Because Dads Also Change Nappies

The statement continued, "Yet, despite this rebalancing of responsibilities, society still places a disproportionate share of parental obligations on women. If we expect fathers to bear more of the burden of child-care, we must ensure that public accommodations reflect this new normal." Former President Barack Obama took a step towards the provision of this facility back in 2016 when he signed the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act, a law that requires publicly accessible federal buildings to have changing tables in all restrooms regardless of sex.