AbstractThrough asking students to provide a salary for cooking, cleaning, and childcare services, the "Compensating Carework" activity focuses the classroom lens on the traditionally unpaid, devalued, female-typed of carework in order to illuminate persistent gender disparities. Although college students may not see carework as a contemporary issue reflecting...
- Subject Area(s):
- Sex and Gender
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- College 100
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesAlthough this activity was created for a 100 level Women’s Studies class, it has been adapted for 200 and 400 level Sociology courses. It is also adaptable to large (~100 students) or small (~10 students) classes and can be used as a group activity, although we present it here as an individual and class-based activity. It takes about 20-30 minutes,...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- This activity’s goals include the exploration of: (1) how the unpaid carework of mothering/parenting is devalued; (2) how we define 'skilled' and 'unskilled' labor; and (3) stratification in the labor force by race, class, and nationality.
- Students demonstrate acquisition of these goals through reflecting on how carework is socially devalued on a larger scale, as well as how they have benefited from unpaid, devalued labor in their own lives, through an instructor-led discussion.