„Frauen sollten wegen der unbezahlten Arbeit weniger Erwerbsarbeit machen“

Ein Artikel bespricht eine Studie, die meint, dass Frauen zum Schutze ihrer Gesundheit weniger erwerbsarbeiten sollten, weil sie die unbezahlte Arbeit in der Familie machen bzw. das sie nicht mehr außerhalb des Hauses arbeiten können, weil sie sonst ihre Gesundheit gefährden, solange sie die Hausarbeit machen.

OECD data from 2016 shows that women do an average of 4.5 hours of unpaid work every day, made up of domestic chores like cooking and cleaning, while men contribute less than half of that time. Add that to the increased expectation of long work hours, and women are walking into their work places at a disadvantage.

It’s called time-inequality, and it’s something co-researcher Professor Lyndall Strazdins feels strongly about: „Men have a time advantage in the labour market that women don’t have,“ she tells Broadly.

On average, Australian men work 41 hours a week full time, and full time women work 36 hours a week. Men work these hours because they’re able to, Strazdinssays, thanks to having less responsibilities on the domestic front. They therefore have a „significant“ head start in their career, in the form of an extra 100 hours per year.

„But if we encourage women to try to attain those work hours, we’re basically confronting women with a trade off between their health and gender equality.“
The research found the „tipping point“ to be 39 hours: Working more than 39 hours a week led to an increased chance of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. Mental health is the number one chronic disease burden for women in Australia, costing eight billion dollars a year in healthcare, and eleven billion dollars a year in lost productivity in the workforce.

So what’s the solution?

Professor Strazdins says we need to start with men: „Until we can bring men’s long hours down, it will lock women out of the workforce. We need to reward people who work closer to our official working week of 38 hours … It’s going to be a slow and difficult process because it’s a major social change.“

Was sagt ihr dazu?