Women in leadership & the gender housework/care burden gap

There was a time where work and family life existed as separate domains, where women would take on the domestic and childcare responsibilities as men went out to work.

As we know and see, these industrial and social demographical shifts gave rise to an upsurge of women in paid work. This has resulted in a more dual-earner households, where both partners work, being the norm.

However, these shifts have not resulted in an equitable distribution of home responsibilities. Women who work the same hours as their male partners, do more housework where they do 60% more housework.

A surprising revelation is that when a woman is the main breadwinner, men tend to contribute even less towards the housework, the more she earns – apparently something to do with their sense of emasculation 🤷🏾‍♀️

Women also continue to take on more responsibility for their children. Surprisingly, this fact remains, even when their children reach the adolescent years.

I continue to use my voice and keyboard; sharing across my social media outlets, that there are very specific demands that arise as children develop and reach the adolescent years.

Research shows us, that parenting can become particularly intense and stressful during this time. So as children get older, parenting demands don’t necessarily decrease as one would hope. It transforms from the physical, to more of the emotional demands which impact on stress and emotional wellbeing.

If this is the case:

👉🏿How then, does this care burden of older children, impact on women in the workplace?

👉🏿 I mean, we are pushing for more women to enter into leadership roles, right? So, what is being done to address this need?

👉🏿Flexible working hours I hear you say – and this initiative is great, but how does this practically support parents who are struggling to manage adolescent attitude & behaviour, their child's mental health, and strained parent/teen relationships?

I say, the answer lies in providing more solution-focused support for improving working-parent wellbeing, addressing the issues that directly impact on them and their work-life balance.

If you’d like support for yourself, or if you are interested in supporting your working parents who have children aged 9-19yrs please do get in touch HERE.

Best wishes,

Anika

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