A few years ago, I saw Miriam González Durántez, a successful international trade lawyer, speak at a Stylist event in London. During the Q&A someone asked her how she managed the challenges of having a career, children, and supporting her partner at the same time. Her partner was the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats. In her answer about how she managed to “have it all”, she… Read More »How outsourcing housework has been proven to create more gender equality at home
A common response to the Multi-Player Housework Preferences quiz is worry that it will start a fight. The last year has not been a great time for many relationships – between lockdowns, school closures, cabin fever and social isolation, we’re all feeling a bit frayed. And housework can be fertile ground for conflict. Many of the people we spoke to when we launched the latest quiz were worried that if… Read More »Worried that inviting your partner to take the quiz will start a fight? Read this first.
Today we’re launching our latest quiz to help households understand imbalances and how to fix them – but with a twist. The new Housework Preference quiz is multi-player and helps you and your partner work together to find the quick-wins for how you can correct household imbalances and improve your relationship and wellbeing. This post explains why housework preference matters, and how the quiz works, so you and your partner… Read More »Launch News: New Multi-Player Housework Preference Quiz
Women have been calling for housework to be paid work for 120 years. So let’s look at the history of women’s unpaid work, particularly how the Wages for Housework movement from the 1970s is still relevant today – increasingly so as this economic crisis deepens. Read on to explore the history of this movement, where we are now, and how we can accelerate the move towards equality. The Wages for… Read More »Wages for Housework: After 123 years, women are still treated as free domestic labour
According to Oxfam, the economic value of the unpaid housework done by women globally in 2019 was $10.9 trillion. This is more than the combined 2018 revenue of the world’s 50 largest companies. Or, put another way, bigger than the GDP of every country in the world except the US, China and India. That makes women’s unpaid work the fourth largest economy in the world. That is obviously significant at… Read More »Women’s unpaid housework is the fourth largest economy in the world – it’s time we valued it
About a year ago I bought a robot vacuum. It may just be the single best thing I have ever bought. Because I feel literal joy every time I hear it switch itself on automatically to clean my house, or come home (pre-coronavirus) to find it’s cleaned while I’ve been out. Actual Joy. This struck me as a pretty extreme emotional reaction to a household appliance, so I’ve been thinking… Read More »The Joy Of Not Doing Housework (But Knowing It’s Still Being Done)
Do you feel like you’re doing too much of the housework? You’re not alone! Have you tried talking to you partner about it and it’s quickly turned into a fight? They say they do half, but you know that’s not true? These arguments turn emotional fast, but in this post we explain why these fights happen, and how to change the conversation. Why does my partner think they’re doing half… Read More »Are you doing too much of the housework, but your partner doesn’t agree? Here’s why.
The Standards Challenge (Part Three) Talking about standards for housework can be a significant source of conflict at home. But how do you talk about it without starting a fight? The first post in this three part series examines why standards might differ between household members. If you missed Part One, read The Standards Challenge: Are they Half-Assing Housework To Get Out Of It? (Part One) about why standards might… Read More »How To Talk About Housework Standards Without Starting A Fight
The Housework Standards Challenge (Part Two) It’s more common than you’d think for two people to fight about whether household tasks have been ‘done’. Or if everyone is doing their fair share of the work. Why is this? Often it’s because we have different understandings of the ‘Definition of done’ for housework tasks. The first post in this three part series examines why standards might differ between household members. If… Read More »Resolving Different Housework Standards: And Stop Fighting About It
The Challenge of Different Standards (Part One) Do you and your partner have different standards for housework, or different ideas of what a task being done properly means? This common problem is called the Standards Challenge. In this three part series we explore why it happens, and how to fix it. This introductory post looks at why the standards challenge occurs and where your partner might be coming from. Part… Read More »Are They Just Trying To Get Out Of Doing Housework?