We’ve all heard of women’s Second Shift at home, but it turns out women also have a Third Shift at work. Women disproportionately carry the burden of “office housework”—that’s what some experts call non-promotable, less valued work—in addition to official work functions. These dynamics are even more extreme for women of color and other underrepresented groups. This not only slows women’s advancement at work; it reinforces problematic gender norms around unpaid home labor. Organizations can’t afford to accept the status quo. Women still make up just 10% of C-suite positions, and the pandemic has precipitated a regression on gender equality—all while top talent is making unprecedented demands for workplace equity. This panel will discuss what’s behind this trend and ways to address it.
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.