How productive are all public servants, receptionists, back-office secretaries, or nannies, compared with women whose non-stop business is that of looking after a home, including “productive” men? Sure, many women would like to go out to work, as long as they get the same breaks as men. But report after report shows that too often, women get a raw deal in pay and career prospects. Will that change in my lifetime?
So I figure: where would you rather be, at home with your kids, teaching them, or stuck on a commuter train at five euros an hour? I work now, but when I didn’t, a girl asked me if I ever thought about getting a job. I do the same work as you, better, but for no pay, I answered. She was a nanny.
—Bettina Siegel, Copenhagen, Denmark
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©OECD Observer No 243, May 2004