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- Alexis Ohanian may have made it big as the cofounder of Reddit and as a venture capitalist, but he spends more of his time discussing his newest job: fatherhood.
- Ohanian believes that parental leave isn’t just good for families, it’s good for businesses, he told Fast Company.
- Ohanian is working to make paid paternity leave "the law of the land," and is taking the fight to Congress in October, according to Fast Company.
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Famous fathers aren’t held to a high enough standard, Reddit cofounder-turned-venture-capitalist Alexis Ohanian told Fast Company.
That’s partially why he’s been outspoken about his decision to take 16 weeks of paid leave after his daughter with Serena Williams was born in 2017.
Since then, Ohanian has become a leader in the fight for paid paternal leave, and his social media profiles are the front lines.
Now, he told Fast Company, it’s time to take the battle to Congress.
Keep reading to learn more about Ohanian’s own experience with paternity leave and what he’s done to make sure other fathers can have the same experience.
Ohanian has a one-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., with his wife, tennis star Serena Williams.
Ohanian married Williams in November 2017 and brought their newborn along for the ride.
After his daughter’s birth, Ohanian took 16 weeks of paternity leave and has publicly encouraged other fathers to do the same.
"Out of office," Ohanian wrote on Instagram in September 2017. "This is Parental Leave life. She’s clearly dreaming up all the startups she’ll start… And Grand Slams she’ll win…. And…."
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Williams suffered from health problems after Olympia’s birth, requiring Ohanian to take charge of Olympia’s care.
The situation "solidified the importance" of paid parental leave for Ohanian, he told Fast Company. "I know how fortunate we are, and it’s heartbreaking to think how many American families have to go through some version of this and have an existential fear of losing their job or not being there for their family when their family needs it most."
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