Apple, Facebook and egg-freezing—the good and the bad

Companies should be investing in equalising the workplace, not freezing people's eggs

By Jessica Abrahams  

Yesterday brought the slightly unnerving news that Facebook and Apple are to offer their female employees free egg-freezing, in a bid to recruit and retain more women at companies that are currently about 70 per cent male.

What to make of this? On the one hand, it should be a positive sign that employee benefits are being tailored to women, particularly at tech companies, a sector that is notoriously male-dominated. The egg-freezing offer comes on top of previous family-friendly policies including longer parental leave at Apple and adoption and surrogacy assistance at Facebook. On the other hand, as one friend put it,…

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