Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

wages for housework

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Women and stay at home moms are under appreciated. Women are often expected to put in what some call the “third shift” which is at the end of the work day the house work and taking care of the kids that needs to be done. This article says that “women do two-thirds of the world’s work but receive only 5 percent of the world’s income”. This unpaid labor adds up to 11 trillion dollars, a shocking number that to me displays the nature of our patriarchal society and the oppression that women are still dealing with. I come from a household where I had a mom who stayed at home, she was often under appreciated by us, but as I grow older, and am running my own household, I see how much work she actually did. I think that women who do do housework should be compensated in some way. I do however agree with the article in that paying women to stay at home might reinforce women’s role in the home, strengthening the existing gender division of labor. I think that this concept of women doing all the housework even when they do have other paid jobs, is unfair. I often feel pressured to be a good cook and clean just simply because I am female. From a young age I was taught the concept of “taking care of your man”, meaning cooking and cleaning the house so he can relax after work. Women who work in the home do so much and should be better appreciated if not compensated for their hard work and energy.

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  1. compensating women who work in the home is a dicey proposition, for sure. and one of the problems of not compensating them is that it devalues their contributions. by not working for wages, they don’t earn social security benefits, don’t have $$$ put into 401K, etc. and so for all the work they’ve done they get nothing in return. aged women live in extreme poverty because they have no means: no retirement, no 401K, etc. all due to their “unpaid” professional careers as housewives/household managers. this is not so much true anymore, but reflective of past generations of women. or because of their sporadic work history in and out of the workplace because of their care taking responsibilities.

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