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Seeing Invisible Labor

Seeing Invisible Labor

By Optum


How we divide chores and childcare is an age-old problem, with women historically handling most of the work in the home. Laundry, cleaning and carpool may seem like personal issues, but they can cause burnout, anxiety, depression and other illnesses like any job outside the home. This makes “invisible labor” a matter of public health. If you work at home, you may feel what you do isn’t acknowledged or seen as valuable. If you work outside of the home, you may feel you’re also working a “second shift” with your family responsibilities. Eve Rodsky, New York Times bestselling author of the book Fair Play, which inspired a documentary by Hello Sunshine, shares her personal story and offers actionable tips to find better balance.


[04:30] Interview: Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play, attorney, and activist | Rodsky defines the terms “invisible labor” and “mental load” and examines how caregiving and chores are viewed in our society.

[13:16] Rodsky discusses how the unfair division of labor affects the health of women and primary caregivers – as well as what we can do to fix it.


Fair Play documentary

The Fair Play method


Eve Rodsky, bestselling author of Fair Play, attorney and activist

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