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I’m a Slave for You – Gender Equality at Home

By: Ingrid Kwong As women are becoming more independent, influential and empowered, we have fought for equal treatment as well as equal pay in the workforce over the past decades. “Equal Payday” was established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity as a way to bring attention to the gender wage gap. The fact remains that even if we are able to change equality in employment between men and women in the workplace, we still have one huge cultural issue with great implications on gender equality; women, taking on traditional roles as housewives and nurturers, remain the housekeepers, cooks and cleaners, while juggling work and being the primary caregivers of the children. How are women able to get their spouses to participate with housework without sounding demanding and, dare I say, incompetent? Would battling “who does what” around the house be the undoing of today’s marriages? In 2012, a survey conducted by a British law firm has found that most marriages break down over mundane household chores. Another study also found that almost half of newly married couples started out splitting chores equally, but over the course of marriage, the husbands’ contribution and shares of work significantly declines.  According to Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook reveals that women who want to be successful in her profession need to find someone who wants equal partnership, someone who values fairness and is willing to take on household responsibility. Sandberg is easily one of the most influential women in the corporate and tech world. In her new book “Lean In”, she gives personal advice on how to balance work and family life. 978-0-385-34994-9.JPG Read our June/July issue for more juicy details and a review of the book.

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