FORBES - Almost $11 trillion. This is the value of the annual contribution of mothers to the world economy if their main job - caregiving - were paid. The information comes from Oxfam, an international organization that works to find solutions to the problems of poverty, inequality and injustice, which also found that women together devote 12.5 billion hours every day to raising children and maintaining a family.
The dilemma of the female universe imposes itself with more force as the economic challenges advance: most of the time, mothers need, besides caring for the children, to bring income into the home. According to a survey conducted by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), 43% of Brazilian homes are headed by women. Thus, the double shift becomes, if not necessary, inevitable. At the same time, they are the ones who suffer the greatest resistance in the labour market: 52% of mothers say they have been confronted at work during pregnancy or when returning from maternity leave, according to the survey "Panorama Mulher 2019", conducted by Insper.