Hesperian Health Guides

Chapter 26: Work

women washing clothes and hanging them on a line

When a woman works to keep her family clean and fed, and to earn income to support her family, she is actually working two jobs.

Nearly every woman spends most of her life working. Women farm, prepare food, carry firewood and water, clean, and care for children and other family members. Many women also work to earn money to help support their families. Yet much of women’s work goes without notice, because it is not considered as important as men’s work.

The work women do, and the conditions in which they work, can create health problems—which often go without notice as well. This chapter describes some of these problems, their causes, and ways to treat them. But unless women’s working conditions are changed, these problems cannot really be solved. Women must work together to make these changes happen.

This page was updated:01 Feb 2021