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Women & Care Tasks

In our society, care tasks have historically been left to women. Unfortunately, as the role of the daughter, wife, and mother has widened to allow for personal ambitions, careers, and equal partnership in the "working world," the pattern of placing the main responsibility for a family's care tasks on the women in the family still remains. This leads many women to be overloaded with never ending work from both their "real" jobs and relationships and their invisible duties of care tasks. Although men may struggle with completing care tasks, they are less likely to receive the message from society that they are not worthy of love or not valid as a human if they are not good at these tasks. This distress becomes heavy and can permeate the mental health of women. But it does not have to be this way.