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64% of Spanish women have suffered a labor cost for being a mother


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A survey of more than 50,000 women carried out by the association Yo No Renuncio reveals the shortcomings of conciliation

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57% of Spanish women have suffered a salary loss by becoming a mother after being forced to reduce the working day, take a leave of absence or leave their job, according to the survey ‘The cost of conciliation’ carried out by the Yo No Renuncio Association , of the Malasmadres Club.

“This cannot be allowed. A woman in Spain cannot charge less for being a mother, she would not have to reduce her working day, take a leave of absence or leave her job as I had to do,” stressed the president of the Association I Do Not Renuncio Laura Baena.

For Baena, motherhood continues to be “the great glass ceiling of women” and has encouraged everyone to “break the silence at home and in the company” to “start fighting for their rights”.

The survey, which was carried out between February 8 and 13, and answered by 51,627 women, and which was presented this Tuesday at Espacio Fundación Telefónica, reveals that women mothers suffer “a triple cost: labor, emotional and personal “.

According to the report, 64% of Spanish women have suffered a labor cost for being a mother, regardless of whether she was paid more or less than her partner; and in those households in which both contribute the same amount of money, the percentage of women who have suffered a labor cost is greater than 50%.

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In addition, the study shows that 4 out of 10 women have felt undervalued in their employment or in their social environment after becoming a mother; 64% say they arrive at work tired every day and 65% have less than one hour free a day.

As Maite Egoscozabal, the person in charge of Social Research of the Yo No Renuncio Association, has pointed out, women continue to assume the management and organization of reproductive work.

Specifically, he has broken down some data from the report such as that in 71% of cases it is women who are pending the duties of their sons and daughters compared to 3% of fathers.

In the case of boys and girls with special needs, the difference is greater, since in 93% of cases it is the mother who is in charge of managing the therapies.

In addition, the data shows that birthday parties (79%), attention to emails and WhatsApp groups at school (83%) and planning lunches and dinners (69%) continue to be responsibilities assumed by the mothers.

Thus, the survey reveals that the distribution of tasks continues to be “uneven”. Although, the study also reveals that 49% of mothers find it difficult to delegate and feel that they have to be more present at home and in domestic-family tasks.

No free time or psychological help

This lack of conciliation and co-responsibility has a “personal cost” for Spanish mothers: 65% have less than one hour free a day and 20% not even one hour; 64% say they arrive at work tired every day; and 66% indicate that she has not asked for psychological help despite feeling overwhelmed and sad.

To the absence of conciliation measures in Spain, the Covid-19 pandemic has been added in the last two years, which, according to Baena, has made it clear that “conciliation does not exist”. “The pandemic has hit women very hard, we have paid for the lack of conciliation measures with our salary and our mental health,” Baena added.

For this reason, it has opted for “reviewing the social model” to look for other options that make the relationship between work and life sustainable, and for reaching a State Pact in favor of conciliation.

Baena will present the report to the Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, during the meeting that will be held this Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Ministry headquarters. The president of the association Yo No Renuncio will ask the minister that the Executive promote measures to put an end to this situation.

After the presentation of the data of the report, a debate has taken place in which the Confederal Secretary for Women, Equality and Working Conditions of the CCOO, Carolina Vidal; the global director of Sustainability at Telefónica, Elena Valderrábano; the architect in Hexágono Blanco, entrepreneur and bad mother, Diana Maján; and Laura Baena.

Among other issues, the debate has put on the table that teleworking is not in itself a conciliation measure but that, accompanied by other measures and an equality plan, it can be the way forward. The “traps” of some conciliation measures such as the reduction of working hours have also been warned, since many women “do the same job in less time or take work home” and the importance of “valuing the reproductive work” and working on the “change of roles”.


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