Who does what in the home?
Domestic labor is the term for any work done in the home, from household chores like cooking and cleaning, to caring, raising and looking after children and the elderly. The division between who does what is often determined by what are known as ‘gender norms’.
How do we value the work we do in the home?
Mainstream measures of the value of our economies only count productivity if translated to monetary terms, which means a huge amount of work done in our homes goes unnoticed.
What does feminist economics have to say about work in the home?
Feminist economics is not just about women’s rights. It examines how the economy is biased towards a male perspective and puts forwards ideas for how we can promote equality.
How can we tackle gender inequality in the economy?
There’s lots that could be done to create a more gender-neutral economy; from tackling wage discrimination, to encouraging men to do more work in the home. The problem isn’t a shortage of ideas; it’s just a matter of us working out the best way to carry them out.