Has your family ever sat down and really talked about chores?
Who cooks? Who takes out the trash? Chances are that in your home, chores split along gendered lines. Women and girls across the world average two hours more on chores per week, and mothers average nearly twice as much time as fathers on domestic work.
It’s beyond time to change that.
Breakthrough is joining with writer Soraya Chemaly and Everyday Sexism’s Laura Bates to launch the global #ChoreChallenge. Here’s what you can do:
1. Keep a two-week log of activities and chores, including kids’, in your family. Put everything on it and make sure to add activities that aren’t usually thought of as chores. For example, buying gifts, managing social calendars, doing taxes, making doctor appointments, school activities, car maintenance, or financial budgeting and planning.
2. Analyze the list to see who does the bulk of what work.
3. Gender-swap household responsibilities, all or just some, for as long as you can.
4. If you have children, talk to them about work and stereotypes, gender roles and expectations.
5. If you reach a milestone or a hitch, or encounter some interesting differences, send your story or upload a photo to Breakthrough’s THE G WORD, using the #ChoreChallenge hashtag.
We held a Twitter chat on Tuesday, January 12 to talk about the #ChoreChallenge. Here’s what people had to say:
When you were growing up, who did the domestic chores in your household? #ChoreChallenge
The #ChoreChallenge isn’t just about individual and private choices. It’s about the real social and economic issues that are tied into domestic work. You can read more about that from Soraya Chemaly and Breakthrough’s own Ishita Srivastava in the Huffington Post.