Halving the Double Day

In today’s 24/7 economy, the time squeeze has many in its grip. But none feel the pressure more than those juggling full-time employment with what can seem like a second shift at home. An earlier generation of labor women termed this double burden the “double day,” arguing that it weighed most heavily on women, particularly those in lower-income families. That inequity continues today. Lower-income women cannot contract out housework and care-giving responsibilities as easily as the more affluent. Nor is cutting back on the time spent on the job a viable option for the growing number of women who are the primary, and at times sole, breadwinner in the family.

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