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How Domestic Workers Enable Well-Off Women to Prosper

By The Atlantic

In her new book, Women’s Work, the journalist Megan Stack grapples with how she’s been able to advance in her career at the expense of other women’s laborRead full story

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  • As someone who lives in Hong Kong and has domestic help, I read this with some guilt over the obvious privilege that I enjoy.

    But over here the model works. My wife has the time to work. I have more time with my kids. Our helper is part of the family, well looked after and is able to provide well for

    As someone who lives in Hong Kong and has domestic help, I read this with some guilt over the obvious privilege that I enjoy.

    But over here the model works. My wife has the time to work. I have more time with my kids. Our helper is part of the family, well looked after and is able to provide well for her family.

    If shared parental responsibilities and responsible employment can be balanced, I am going to say it’s a very good thing even if it makes you painfully aware of economic inequality.

    But then I am very biased.

  • As a business owner in London my wife and I had the privilege of domestic help. This allowed my wife to engage with clients on a level as my true partner. I took great care as the producer to meet the needs of their client entertainment as my wife took care of the paperwork. Our domestic help filled

    As a business owner in London my wife and I had the privilege of domestic help. This allowed my wife to engage with clients on a level as my true partner. I took great care as the producer to meet the needs of their client entertainment as my wife took care of the paperwork. Our domestic help filled the needs of cleanliness of our household cleaning and allowed my wife to function as a true business partner.

    Our domestic help had escaped Poland under the communist rule and was pursuing a career as a lawyer. She had been a lawyer in Poland before the fall of communism. In the end she achieved her goals and referred a friend to meet our needs as she moved on.

    I can't say I didn't worry about taking advantage of her, but in the end all our goals were met.

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