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Gender Proofing- helping working women be (almost) housewives?


Today i am reading about Gender Proofing, specifically an article about Ireland. I am struck and stuck in this argument in my head about “gender-sensitive policies”. When I see this article calling out for more “women-friendly” workplaces, what they mean are spaces that help women do what society deems are women’s jobs. There is so much focus on making sure child-care is available or that no evening meetings are planned so she can get home and be with her children. There is no mention about the need for society to see equal distribution of home-care or a father’s need to be home with his kids or have a place to care for his baby. Aren’t we just building structures to allow working women to be as close to housewives as possible while still working instead of trying to change society so that the assumed gendered divisions of labour disappear and parents both have to think about care and making dinner?

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