Today is International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to honoring the working woman and to highlight the sexist disparities that exist.
It’s no secret that sexism still runs fairly rampant in Spanish society. Sure, the modern Spaniard might do his fair share of housework and many women are valued resources in their companies, but the fact remains that, in general, women are underpaid in comparison to their male counterparts and that, in general, the majority of household tasks fall to the woman.
A little anecdote from our daily lives that illustrates this sexism:
First, a bit of background: Nacho works in the center of town. I do not. Given that Sofi’s daycare is about a 5 minute walk from Nacho’s office we’ve worked things out so that he drops her off in the morning and I pick her up in the early afternoon.
Sometimes if we’re running late Nacho and I take a cab into work. It’s not the most economical of solutions, but after a night of multiple baby wakings comfort trumps expense. Our modus operandi is sharing a cab that first drops Nacho and Sofi off and then continues on to my office. At least three times in the past month or so the taxista has assumed that Nacho, and Nacho alone, will be leaving us at the first stop. It doesn’t seem to occur to him that the MAN might be taking the baby on his own. Today the cabbie almost drove away as Nacho was trying to unload the stroller, but the guy from earlier this week (yeah, it’s been a week of bad nights) really takes the cake. After dropping Nacho and Sofi off and after Nacho had to get the stroller out of the taxi trunk (in other words calling attention to the fact that the baby was going with him), when I was finally getting out at my office, the taxista actually said, “Don’t forget the midget.”