Dear future generation,
From the very beginning we have been noticing that the men in our houses are usually the ones who go out to earn bread and the women are the ones who cook the bread. And because of this we have been growing up with the thinking that its women who are the ones responsible for the entire house work.
Even when we girls were young, we used to play with our doll houses or host make believe tea parties whereas the boys would be out scoring goals or hitting sixes. This has been happening for ages now. Women still have to do the lion’s share of housework despite going out to work in ever increasing numbers. Gender inequalities in all areas are rooted in social structures but also in attitudes.
In the survey, 1,800 men and women were asked about everyday chores, such as the laundry, cleaning, cooking food, shopping, looking after sick family members and carrying out repairs. But men only made a significant contribution by mending faulty items around the house. At least two-thirds of women said it was usually them who carried out the other tasks, rising to 85 per cent for doing the laundry. A study has also found out that instead of doing housework or watching their children, many unemployed men surveyed watched TV.
But this attitude needs to be changed. And we have the power to change it with some simple steps.
- If you see your mom or your grandmother or your sister doing some household chores, just don’t sit there and watch. Go ahead and help her in whatever way you can. This way, the work would be done quickly and she would get time to rest.
- Try doing some small chores by yourself like cleaning your bedroom, washing your own plates etc so that there is lesser work for your mom.
- The simplest chore that you can do is the laundry. Washing machines have made things simpler and now you don’t need to worry about spending hours washing your clothes. The machine does most of the work, unlike 100 years ago when people did it all by hand!
- If you don’t know how to remove stains, ask to learn how. Provided the clothes are not stained, it’s as easy as gathering your clothes, adding powder or liquid to the washing machine and setting it at the right wash cycle. Ariel has also come up with a new Odd/Even calendar which you can use to divide the chores between you and your mom or sister. The chores can be divided on an alternate day’s basis.
- Your mother is probably working hard for you every day, so she could use your help as often as you can give it. Give her a mom’s day off once or twice a week or month.
So, these are some things you can do. And in this way you can also help in breaking the gender stereotype.