Halving it all : how couples around the world create equality at home

Published on 6 February 2020 par Institut du genre

Talk by Francine Deutsch, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College.

In her research, social psychologist Francine Deutsch studies the stories of couples around the world whose everyday decisions about sharing the housework and childcare - from who cooks the food, washes the dishes, and helps with homework, to who cuts back on paid work - all add up to a gender revolution. From North and South America to Europe, Asia, and Australia, these couples tell a story of similarity despite vast cultural differences. By rejecting the prescription that men’s identities are determined by paid work and women’s by motherhood, the couples show that men can put family first and are as capable of nurturing as women, and that women can pursue careers as seriously as their husbands do - bringing profound rewards for men, women, marriage, and children. Working couples with children will discover that equality is possible and exists right now.

Discussion: Marta Dominguez Folgueras, Associate Professor in Sociology at OSC-Sciences Po, Director of the Sciences Po Sociology Department.

February 26th, 2020, 5.00-7.00 pm
Sciences Po, amphithéâtre Simone Veil
28 rue des Saint-Pères, Paris 7e
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