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A woman may get a paycheque for the job she has outside the home, but what’s the price of the job she has at home? Let’s talk! #Streelink
“I end up working 16 hours a day but only get recognised for 8.”
Does this seem familiar to you?
Join Breakthrough India & Women’s Web on a blogathon where we explore how women often face a ‘double burden’ – being responsible for all the unpaid work at home such as cooking, cleaning and childcare, while also working outside the home in paid jobs.
Unpaid work – taking care of the home and family, are seen as things that come ‘naturally’ to a woman, and therefore, are not a job at all. How many times have we heard that it’s ‘easy’?
At the same time, since it’s seen as ‘women’s work’ – even when women work outside the home, they can’t really drop any of the stuff they have to do at home.
If we find it hard to manage this double burden, we’re told to quit our jobs or take on less work (“Don’t be so ambitious!”).
If we do manage to have both, it’s often seen as favour ‘given’ by the family, or we have to give up having any hobbies or down-time for ourselves.
Employers too often perceive female employees as ‘less committed’ – simply because they have commitments at home.
Is this fair? Is this practical? Let’s talk!
Share your experiences as a woman who has faced a double burden – having a paid job along with an unpaid one! (such as houseworld work, or taking care of a child or elders).
Here are some things you could choose to write about:
You could choose to write on any or all of these aspects of being a woman managing a double burden.
Send us your blogpost at [email protected], with Blogathon #Streelink in the subject line, and the 10 best posts will be published on Women’s Web in December 2017.
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