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  • Thu
    02
    Mar
    2023

    Women’s Empowerment Keynote: Thinking Gender: Cognitive Labor in Family Life – Allison Daminger

    5:00 pmGertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union – Room 323

    We probably all know the unfortunate statistic that women spend nearly twice as much time on housework and childcare as their male counterparts. But more shocking than that calculation is the reality that that is in fact an underestimate of the true gender gap. Allison Daminger introduces us to the idea of cognitive labor, a form of work akin to project management, and demonstrates that this invisible burden falls disproportionately on women. In the pages of both glossy magazines and sober academic journals, household contributions are primarily measured in minutes and documented through time-use diaries. But Daminger argues that we must consider mind-use alongside time-use; the work of constantly anticipating children’s needs, for example, cannot be adequately captured on a time diary. Yet such cognitive labor is a ubiquitous feature of family life, and it represents a burden disproportionately borne by women in different-gender couples—even when those couples aspire to equality.

    Daminger provides new language and conceptual tools to explain why even in egalitarian partnerships, inequality is likely to be explained away or covered up by talk of ‘personality types’. She will also show how cognitive labor inequality emerges in the first place and what forces sustain it.

    Sponsored by the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies