Ep #207: The Value of Design Part 3: Women’s Work

The Design You Podcast with Tobi Fairley | The Value of Design Part 3: Women's Work

So far in The Value of Design series, we’ve covered creatives vs designers, doers vs thinkers, and today we’re digging into something a little provocative. We’re talking about women’s work. Women’s work is the work that, as women, we are expected to do for free, simply because of our gender or how we identify. It is part of the role we play in the patriarchal society in which we live, and it doesn’t really hold a high value.

You know the type: housework, entertaining, cooking, cleaning, being good with people’s emotions, caregiving, making people feel comfortable, and so on. All of these tasks require a lot of physical labor, but also a lot of emotional labor. And there is a link between these tasks and the tasks we face in the design industry, where we’re expected to complete them for free.

In this episode, I’m diving deeper into the concept of women’s work and encouraging you to get curious about how it could be playing into the value of your services. I’m discussing the difference between men’s work and women’s work and the value of it in the design industry, and what we can do to bring more awareness to the value of our roles and tasks.


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What You'll Learn From This Episode

  • Why there is a lack of women rising up the ranks into leadership roles in the design industry and why this is such an issue.
  • A startling statistic on the volume of unpaid work that women do compared to men.
  • Why I talk about “women’s work” in a gendered way.
  • What the unpaid gender gap is and why it’s a problem.
  • Some of the things that get in the way of us creating what we want to create in our businesses.
  • An epiphany I had around this work and why I’m bringing it to the podcast.
  • Why we, as designers, are fighting an age-old system.

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