The Mental Load on Mothers (And Whether The Pandemic Made It Worse)
Leah Ruppanner, Professor in Sociology & Founding Director, The Future of Work Lab; University of Melbourne
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Keeping a household running isn’t just about getting the chores done and making sure the needs of everyone in your family is taken care of, like ticking items off a to-do list. There’s much more that goes on behind the scenes, or rather in the heads of parents, especially mothers, who are constantly worried that these things are done. That’s a very simple description of what the mental load is, and we find out more from Leah Ruppanner, Professor in Sociology at the University of Melbourne on how the mental load disproportionately affects mothers, and how it could further widen inequalities that women already face in the workplace.
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Produced by: Lim Sue Ann
Presented by: Lim Sue Ann
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Categories: family, mental health
Tags: mental load, care crisis, the bigger picture, live and learn, mental health, stress, gender pay gap, gender equality, motherhood, gender norms, working mothers,