Wait…What?! Gender, Care, and Unpaid Labor Recording
“Wait…What?!” is a platform for candid discussion for the Women’s Fund community to convene on emerging issues we all face, albeit with varied challenges.
As the holiday season approached and families gathered to celebrate various occasions, we wanted to take an opportunity to reflect on the additional duties that women carry. Women tend to be the first people called upon to care for sick and elderly loved ones. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, women remain the main providers of informal long-term care. They must meet the needs of ailing family members (in most cases, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles) along with juggling work and family obligations while neglecting their own health and well-being.
For our December “Wait…What?!”, Women’s Fund CEO, Donna Haghighat, hosted a conversation with Dr. Nancy Folbre, an expert on economics and the family. This discussion includes the impact of caregiving on women’s careers and their livelihoods and the physical, psychological, social, financial, and emotional burdens associated with this form of unpaid labor.