Valuing the Work of the Home

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By Joanna Roughton.

“We need to call work what it is — work — whether you do it at home or whether you do it out in the labour force.”

So said Melinda Gates, in an interview pegged to the annual letter published by her and husband Bill, on behalf of their eponymous Foundation.


Bankrolled by Microsoft’s millions, people take a note of the Gates’ missive. Its focus, this year, was on what Melinda described as “those root inequalities that exist all over in society and [which we] just don’t talk about very much.”

Well, this might sound like someone who’s writing-off a century of feminist consciousness-raising (women have been talking about inequalities for some time), but Melinda’s point about work being recognised wherever it happens, is refreshing and most welcome.

Here in the UK, organisations like the Home Renaissance Foundation and Mothers At Home Matter – to name but…

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