Why is Laundry Only a Woman's Job?

This is how Ariel is using marketing to address the issue of Gender Inequality within households

By: Ariel
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Ariel has been unearthing the reality of inequality within households since 2015 with their award-winning movement #ShareTheLoad. The movement was started in India to address this equality, aspiring for happier households where men and women share the load equally.  Towards this, Ariel has continued to raise pertinent questions that make the audience think, introspect and act. And over the years, this has had a significant impact. More men today are sharing the load than ever before. In 2015, 79%* men thought household chores are a women’s job. In 2016, 63%* men thought household chores are a woman’s / daughter’s job and ‘outside’ work is man’s / son’s job. In 2018, this number has reduced to 52%*. Despite progress, more work is still to be done. Ariel continues to address the issue of Gender Inequality within households and has thus launched their third season of #ShareTheLoad because, with Ariel, anyone can get impeccable cleaning no matter who does the laundry!

Seven out of Ten women* in India reconsider additional responsibilities at work in order to balance the responsibilities at home.  With the belief that mothers have a strong empathetic point of view, Ariel urges this generation of mothers to raise their children as a generation of equals.
 
Ariel believes in a progressive future and happier households, where both men and women share the load.  In 2015, Ariel raised a very relevant question - ‘Is laundry only a woman’s job?’ to draw attention to the uneven distribution of domestic chores. With the 2016 ‘Dads Share The Load’ movement, the conversation was aimed at unearthing the reason for the disparity, which is the cycle of prejudice passed down from one generation to the next.

A survey by an independent 3rd party in 2018, also reveals some differences in the male and female approaches. 72% of women believe that weekends are for grocery shopping, laundry and getting homework done while 68% of Indian men believe that weekends are for relaxation. Coming to daily household tasks like laundry, many women continue to single-handedly take responsibility of all the chores. 68% of women come back from work and do laundry regularly, while for men, this number is only 35%. In fact, 40% of Indian men don’t know how to operate a washing machine. Further, more than half of the men agreed that they don’t do laundry as they never saw their fathers do it.
 
With laundry at its center, Ariel’s new communication shows a mother teaching her son to do laundry. Ariel believes in not just raising the issue, but also providing a solution so we can move the society to a more equal tomorrow.  Making laundry the face of the movement against this inequality that exists in Indian households, Ariel India with its latest campaign wants mothers to raise a whole new generation of sons who know how to #ShareTheLoad. Because when the sons of today become husbands of tomorrow, they should be equipped to share the load.

 

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