Story: Unpaid domestic work

Working mothers

Working mothers

A mother feeds her children early in the morning before heading out to paid work. Working mothers’ heavy workload is sometimes referred to as the ‘double shift’ – one at home, unpaid, doing childcare and housework, and the other for money in the office, shop or other workplace.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1989/2188/22A
Photograph by John Nicholson

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Matt Morris, 'Unpaid domestic work - The importance of unpaid work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Matt Morris, published 11 Mar 2010