Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)

Eve Rodsky. Putnam, $26 (352p) ISBN 978-0-525-54193-6
Rodsky, founder of the Philanthropy Advisory Group, tackles in her impressive debut the unequal standards for housework for women who perform many “unpaid, invisible” tasks in the home. A text from Rodsky’s husband about blueberries forgotten during the weekly shopping trip prompted her to ask for more help from him and eventually to come up with a “fair play” system for women who work full time (like their partners), but are also responsible for the lion’s share of home and child management. Broken down into four tenets—all time is created equal, reclaim your right to be interesting, start where you are now, and establish your own standards—her system came together from her research of domestic inequality and interviews with over 500 couples. To facilitate fair divvying up of responsibilities, Rodsky also provides 100 Cards of Fair Play, which represent the most common tasks in the home ecosystem, as well as sample calenders and discussion questions to help couples implement her rules. Couples searching for ways to better manage their families and achieve a balance of domestic work will benefit from Rodsky’s actionable strategy. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 08/28/2019
Release date: 10/01/2019
Genre: Nonfiction
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