Society expects women to do EVERYTHING – as this genius Twitter thread shows

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An on-point post by a female comedian lays bare the baggage of societal expectation faced by women today

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that women are better at multi-tasking than men – not through some innate and mythical skill, but because of the sheer weight of expectation that society places upon us. 

Studies show that women feel like they have to try harder in the workplace than men, and graft on average nearly an hour longer per day on both paid and unpaid tasks. 

Despite advances in gender equality, women still do around 40% more chores around the house than men, equating to a global average of five hours’ a day in unpaid labour for tasks such as cleaning and childcare.

And that’s not even taking into account the weight of emotional labour, such as writing thank you cards and making sure everyone is happy at Christmas, that women typically own. 

Little wonder, then, that US comedian Lane Moore hit a nerve on Twitter this week, as she summed up the dizzying roll call of duties that the average 21st Century woman takes on: 

People were quick to identify with Moore’s observation:

With replies continuing to flood in, Moore added a postscript:

Amen to that.

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.