Many Working Mothers Can’t Afford a “Lazy-Girl Job”

By: James Flippin · August 17, 2023 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Wage Gap

“Lazy-girl jobs” are everywhere recently. The phrase, coined in a viral TikTok video, describes non-technical, high-paying jobs that can be done remotely with minimal effort.

While the flexibility sounds great and the trend is calling for better work-life balance, the buzzword ignores the existing gender pay gap. Overall, women earn 84 cents on the dollar compared to men, and full-time working moms only earn 74 cents on the dollar compared to full-time working fathers.

Are Lazy-Girl Jobs Elitist?

On TikTok, the hashtag #lazygirljob was meant to empower women. But for many, it’s falling short of reality.

Lazy-girl jobs require higher education, often at least a bachelor’s degree. Only a quarter of the workforce holds this qualification.

Critics have pointed out most positions falling under the buzzword are white-collar jobs. In the service industry, which is dominated by women, where remote work is for the most part out of the question and wages are lower, women don’t have the option to take part of the trend.

Potential Perks

Some also argue the lazy-girl trend overlooks working mothers. Aside from the mothers working in services jobs, even those for whom lazy girl jobs are attainable are facing the unequal realities of working moms: More women than men take time away from their careers to care for children, leading to missed wages and opportunities.

That said, remote work helps address some of the problems working parents face. For the time being, however, lazy-girl jobs may remain a viable option for only a select few.

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