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Unpaid housework can exceed 100 hours per week

Women’s unpaid housework is the fourth largest economy in the world – it’s time we valued it

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

Are They Just Trying To Get Out Of Doing Housework?

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?

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Welcome to ThirdShift

Welcome to the ThirdShift Blog! ThirdShift is creating a more equal world by changing the way busy parents work and stay connected. Originally founded to solve the problem of Mental Load – the mental work of managing and organising a household. This is work that’s disproportionately done by women, is mostly invisible, and continues to be a significant barrier to gender equality in the workplace. Mental Load goes hand in… Read More »Welcome to ThirdShift