A male partner who stays home with a child while his/her significant other attends a conference is not providing a “favor” to her. I think women must insist that this long-held view is outdated (the view that men staying home with a child is somehow a “favor” to the mother). When a woman provides childcare while her male partner is away, is that considered a “favor?” Most business conferences don’t provide childcare, because men leave their children at home with women (partners, wives, nannies). Women should be able to expect the same childcare from their partners as well. Child-care is an equal opportunity business.