A plea for shared re­spon­si­bil­ity

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

Are there enough hours in a day to do all that we want to do?

Re­cently I sat down with an­other lady to talk about changes that have taken place in our lives since we were kids. Our con­ver­sa­tion cen­tred around the new trend of women in trades and the im­pact on their home life.

Grow­ing up in ru­ral New­found­land, our moth­ers were role mod­els of a dif­fer­ent na­ture. They worked hard all day long and well into the night en­sur­ing that the fam­ily was cared for. Men would of­ten get pref­er­en­tial treat­ment for ob­vi­ous rea­sons. It was im­por­tant to keep the bread­win­ner happy. There was a def­i­nite end to my fa­ther’s work day. My fa­ther would be bone tired from man­ual labour. Mother on the other hand didn’t end her day un­til she threw back the cov­ers to climb into bed.

Re­cent good times in New­found­land and Labrador have seen women take on th­ese more phys­i­cally de­mand­ing roles – choos­ing to be tradeswomen. Does this mean that her day is any shorter? Does she get to re­lax and get re­ju­ve­nated for the next day? Who cares for them af­ter a long day of phys­i­cally tax­ing work? Does she still feel the bur­den of a dou­ble day?

The dou­ble day – work­ing out­side the home and then com­ing home to do an­other day’s work of car­ing for the fam­ily. It is not a new con­cept. Now that she is do­ing non-tra­di­tional work, does she get a break on the work at home? Does the change that is tak­ing place make its way into the home?

It re­mains to be seen but one thing is cer­tain – things need to change. We are en­ter­ing a new era where the well­be­ing of the fam­ily is equally shared by both part­ners. If there is a need for a dou­ble day, it needs to be shared by all and the sooner the bet­ter. Deb­bie Adams, orig­i­nally from Up­per Is­land Cove, writes from Hal­i­fax

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