In the Arab World, domestic help is easy to come by. Even in Lebanon, where the GDP is only about $14,000 per capita, households can commonly afford a live-in maid. It takes as little as $150 a month to hire women flocking to the region from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and various places in Africa. For the most part, rich and poor families alike throughout the Arab World have the luxury of inexpensive, readily available domestic help. I felt it was an unfortunate oversight on the part of the presenter to have ignored the fact that she more than likely has several maids and nannies doing her cleaning and laundry, preparing her family’s food, and taking care of her children.
At that moment, I vowed to always be honest about the fact that I would spend the next decades of my life building my family and career on the backs of other women who were simply looking for ways to help their families survive. The women who were then helping me care for my infant while I earned my degree didn’t have the luxury of debating which career path best suited their ambitions or family commitments.
- The ‘Having It All’ Debate Should Include Women Who Have Nothing (theatlantic.com)