Chapter 2 Work at home

Q: isn’t your answer implying that the homemaker doesn’t “work”? Wouldn’t it be better to say “remunerated work” or some other qualifier to acknowledge the hard work done by the homemaker?

R: You’re absolutely right, and I apologize if my previous statement seemed to undervalue the work of homemakers. Their contribution is indeed significant, involving various tasks that require considerable time, effort, and skills.

When referring to “work,” I was using it in the context of formal employment or remunerated work outside the home. However, I understand that this could be misleading and I appreciate your suggestion. So, to clarify, in a traditional family model where only one parent engages in remunerated work outside the home, children may not see both parents participating equally in such roles. This could potentially limit their understanding of gender roles and the variety of professional opportunities available to them.