According to research by the Melinda Gates, on average women work seven years longer than men in their lifetime. Much of these extra years of work is when womenfolk work on house chores.
Male economists usually don’t account household chores as work and assume it should go unpaid. It is also not measured as productive work. Melinda Gates has devoted her life into understanding the barriers brought about by gender inequality.
Being the head of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mrs. Gates has come across situations where the womenfolk’s socio-economic progress has been undercut by gender inequality. That is through their philanthropic endeavors to undertake household duties as opposed to their male counterparts.
Mrs. Gates recently earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her efforts to shed light on gender inequality and putting in place measures to address it. She has several works where she highlights “unpaid labor” women do such as cooking, cleaning, childcare, and other household tasks.
In her report, she says women are spending more time on unpaid labor that equates to over seven years compared to when men start/stopped working. The …read more