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#SophieSays The Mental Load

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The ‘mental load’ (see also: "worry work" or "cognitive labour”) refers to the invisible, often unpaid, work of planning, organising, and managing various aspects of family life and household tasks. This burden often falls disproportionately on women, especially mothers, and it encompasses things like making to-do lists, coordinating schedules, remembering birthdays, managing the weekly food...

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