In the early 1980s, women began to more than whisper about the strain they were put through to balance their work at home and their work outside it. The Women’s Liberation Movement brought work-life balance to the forefront. To accommodate women in the workforce, flexible working schedules and maternity leave were popularized. And so that men don’t feel left behind, these benefits and ideas were expanded to accommodate them too.

A lot has happened in the fifty years since. Technology has made labour and communication easier. Manufacturing hires as many robots as humans. We can travel the distance from the earth to the outer limits of the atmosphere in 29 minutes. Why then, are so many of us working so hard to be able to eventually slow down.

More article