I first heard of Patti on my fave podcast, @callyrgf and I've been thinking about her work ever since. Women statistically do 200%* of the invisible labor in our culture, and it's high time they get paid for it. (*estimated statistic) Patti has taken the initiative to do the paperwork involved in getting the money she deserves. She's invoicing the patriarchy and I am HERE for it!
After her son was born in late 2016, Patti Maciesz found herself feeling alone and overwhelmed. The experience of becoming a mother — everything from the constant needs of her infant child to changes to her body and sense of self — shocked her. .
Anger and disappointment over the outcome of the presidential election seemed to make things even worse. So Maciesz did something that often helped her process complex feelings: She painted her experience.
By the end of year one, Maciesz had logged 5,616 hours raising her child and running her home. That came out to the equivalent of a $74,299.68 salary under the minimum wage in Oakland, Calif., where she lives.
She started sending faxes invoicing her elected officials and other members of Congress for that unpaid work (“BILL TO: THE PATRIARCHY” the timecards read). She says every U.S. senator has received at least one invoice from her so far.
Worldwide, women spend an estimated four and a half hours a day on chores and other unpaid work — everything from raising a child, to getting water, to going to the grocery store.
For men, the figure drops roughly in half. The impact doesn’t stop at lost wages for the actual unpaid work or the opportunity cost of not being able to spend that time on other things. Studies have shown that becoming a mother can adversely affect earning power, even in countries with strong family leave and social programs. Maciesz said that while she was aware of the imbalance before the baby, her own entry into motherhood made it even more striking. - @thelilynews
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