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Creating Equality at Home

6:00pm-7:00pm on Friday 2 April

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 27th March. For events on or after 28th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Francine Deutsch at Cambridge Festival 2021

Couples exist around the world today who defy the ubiquitous social norms that women do a disproportionate share of housework and childcare. Our work examines 25 case studies of equally sharing couples from 22 countries as diverse as Iceland and Indonesia, Brazil and Bhutan. These nonconformists possess the self-confidence to weather social criticism. The women go beyond endorsing equality; they feel entitled to it. Both husbands and wives reject essentialist views that women have a superior capacity for nurturance. Some couples are shaped by egalitarian parental models, but others emphatically reject the conventional parental models they witnessed. Most put family at the center of their lives. Equality is created by the undoing of gender. Men undo gender by unmooring their identities from paid work and embracing the caregiving parts of themselves. Equally sharing women undo gender when they treat their careers as seriously as their husbands do, and make room in their families for men to share parenting.

This event has been organised in collaboration with Cambridge University Press. 

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: Adults
Timing: Available on Demand, Live Stream
Theme: Explore, Society

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