The distribution of care work in a society plays a central role in the formation of inequality between men and women. The structure of care provision, or the distribution of caring responsibilities, is perhaps the largest single factor in the continuation of gender inequalities.
As Europe emerges from the crisis, a long-overdue conversation needs to be had about the value we place on care work, which is disproportionately shouldered by women. The care economy has an overall positive impact on economic equality between the sexes, although the relationship is very complex. Based on the forthcoming FEPS-TASC report “Cherishing All Equally: inequality and the care economy” (September 2020), this policy brief reviews some of the main results and their policy implications in the light of the current pandemic hitting women disproportionally.
Researcher on Inequalities, FEPS & TASC
Robert Sweeney is a FEPS-TASC researcher on inequality. Robert
researches and publishes on a variety of topics related to
inequality, including care work, income inequality, and labour
market issues. He has a PhD in economics from University of
Leeds which focused on finance and housing.
Policy Advisor on Gender Equality, FEPS
Laeticia Thissen is a Policy Adviser on Gender Equality and
Women’s rights at the Foundation for European Progressive
Studies. She holds a Master degree in European Studies from
Maastricht University and completed a post-academic
specialisation course in Université Libre de Bruxelles on
Migration, Ethnic Diversity and Intercultural Relationships.