Many women have no choice but to take a lower-paying job for fewer hours because of the “invisible” labour expected at home: cooking, cleaning, raising children, and being a caretaker to other family members. These are generally unpaid and undervalued roles that women are more likely to play in a family due to long standing gender norms.
However, WEF data shows that women work just as many hours — if not more — than men. The problem is that much of their invisible labour goes unpaid, and unrecognised as essential work. Going by WEF data, men work an average of seven hours per day, with six of those working hours being paid. Conversely, women work approximately 7.5 hours per day, with just three of those working hours compensated.
Key to changing this situation is recognising maternal and paternal care as paid, necessary absence from the formal workplace, and for men and women to more evenly split the unpaid hours that go into parenting and running a household.