kate’s tiny revolution

  • date: 14 october 2019
  • challenge category: status of women
  • selected tactic: tiny blockade
  • difficulty rating: 
  • current status: queued for thinking

this parent is closed:

highlighting the invisible job of parenting.

the submission:

I feel overwhelmed by this as change has been so slow. I remember thinking 25 years ago that I was not disadvantaged for being a women, and now, particularly after children, I feel like I have another invisible job after my full-time job which falls unequally to me as the Mother. I feel like only radical systemic change will alter this, as the people who are benefiting from the current system have more to lose, and often when women get to the top, they don’t look hard enough for instigating change – they too are hanging on to power with the skin of their teeth. We need revolution and people prepared to risk their power.

kate, 14.10.19.

the thinking:

what is the idea we are moving forward with?

statistics show that 70% of women are primary unpaid carers for children and 58% of women are unpaid carers for the elderly.
how are women supposed to close the gap on gender equity in the workplace if we are beholden to the majority of unpaid labour in australia?
can we create a simple visual to highlight kates’ issue?

how can we do it?

construct a ‘mum is closed’ sign using recycled and customised bike helmet.
the visor can be dropped down revealing the ‘closed’ sign.

where does it need to take place?

a volunteer female parent to wear the device and pose for it in-situ at a playground or park.

are there any legal implications to the activity?

no filming or photography of children.

tactic: blockade