Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman have kept their son Johnny well away from the limelight since his birth in March 2016, so we were surprised and delighted when an adorable pic of the pair’s baby popped up on Anne’s Instagram a few hours ago.
The actor mum has enlisted Johnny’s help to raise awareness of her International Women’s Day (IWD) speech at the UN, capturing her toddler son watching her presentation via the UN website.
“JRS watching Mommy give her speech at the UN yesterday,” the star posted alongside a cute shot of her baby with eyes fixed on a laptop screen.
This shot is obviously adorable, but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that Anne’s speech broached important topics like paid parental leave, marriage equality and parental equality, as she pushed for reform.
“[We need to] redefine and destigmatize men’s roles as caregivers,” the actor said. “In other words in order to liberate women, we need to liberate men. Why do we continue to undervalue fathers and overburden mothers?”
“The whole world grows when people like you and me take a stand because we know that beyond the idea of how women and men are different, there is a deeper truth that love is love, and parents are parents,” she said.
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Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway gave a speech at the United Nations calling on companies and countries around the world to offer paid parental leave. The United States offers 12 weeks of unpaid leave for mothers, a problem that took on new resonance for Hathaway when she gave birth to her first son last year. “Somehow we and every American parent were expected to be back to normal in under three months without income,” she said in her speech. Video by UNTV. #annehathaway
“The mommy wars are bullsh-t”
Quizzed by Time on her work as a UN goodwill ambassador, Anne said her focus became very clear, very quickly. She noted that the so called Mummy Wars are a distraction from more important issues – like making sure parents can balance career and parenting in ways that make sense to them.
“A week after I had my son — I was still fired up on adrenaline — I had an epiphany: the mommy wars are bullsh-t. They distract from the larger, institutional problem of parental leave. It was an issue that had always been abstract to me. Now it was real.”
Anne says we need to broaden the conversation and legislate for more sensible arrangements for mums, dads and kids, noting that taking time off for babies is often an unfair penalty on women, career-wise.
“Studies show that when men are able to spend time with their children, everyone is happier — the parents, the child. The conversation in America has always been about maternity leave, and there’s a healthier option. And the fact that it’s only offered to women means that a lot of women don’t take it because they think it will derail them on their career track. And the fact is — unfairly — it often does. It’s a motherhood penalty.”
"Some families have two daddies. How exactly does maternity leave serve them?" Anne Hathaway said in a speech on paternal leave at the U.N. pic.twitter.com/1KUSDGAULa
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 8, 2017
Rise to fame
Hathaway and Shulman welcomed Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman back on 24 March in 2016.
Adam and Anne started dating in 2008 and went on to marry in 2012, making their relationship one of Hollywood’s more enduring matches.
The 34-year-old, New York born mum-of-one has been acting since she was a child and has reaped a heap of rewards for her work (including a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and Golden Globe for Les Miserables.)
You can read Anne’s full speech at the UN site or watch below.