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Women are, on average, more involved in household and care activities than men.

Heading on a journey across borders and time zones. In just two weeks, my mother will be celebrating her 80th birthday in Russia, and I wouldn't miss it for the world. The catch? No direct flights make this a marathon journey, departing early morning to arrive in the early hours the next day. Adding to the challenge, my mom has some medical concerns that I'm hopeful will find resolution during my visit. Balancing family needs with a demanding career is a challenge, but I'm grateful to work for a company that truly understands and supports me. 

Research highlights distinct time allocation patterns between women and men. On average, women are more engaged in household and caregiving activities, such as food management, cleaning, and childcare. The data also indicates women's higher involvement in physical care and supervision, while men tend to focus more on teaching, playing, and conversations with children. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for advocating supportive workplaces that acknowledge and accommodate the additional responsibilities women shoulder in balancing their roles at home and work. 

Navigating the delicate dance of balancing family commitments and professional aspirations is a journey many women, including myself, embark upon daily. It's a testament to the strength and resilience we embody as we juggle the diverse responsibilities that come our way. To the incredible women out there who navigate this challenging terrain with grace and determination, I salute you! Let's continue to uplift and support each other on this unique journey of balancing family commitments and professional aspirations.

The Harmonised European Time Use Survey statistics (HETUS) data shows that there are particular patterns of how women and men use their time: women are, on average, more involved in household and care activities than men.


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