Putting Housework on the Map!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed about the amount of time you spend on housework each week?

Do you feel supported and appreciated when doing this housework and childcare?

We are looking for women volunteers for a study on unpaid housework.

The study aims to explore the experiences and opinions of those who identify as women regarding their unpaid housework and childcare duties in the home and the resources they have available to support this work.

Are you eligible to participate?

You must live in Ontario, have at least one child under the age of 18, and not be able to afford to hire out for all the housework in your home. You must also be comfortable communicating in English and have access to the internet on a mobile phone or computer.

What to expect?

You will be asked to fill out a survey to post on a crowdsourcing map online and, if you so choose, to participate further in an online discussion forum to discuss your experiences and opinions with other research participants. The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The online discussion forum will be open to participants for 4 months for posting and sharing information.

Each week a draw will take place for all those who have posted in the discussion forum between Sunday and Saturday of that week. A $40.00 e-gift card will be rewarded to the winner of the draw. Winners can choose to have the e-gift card from Walmart or Amazon.

Interested in participating?

Read over the consent information for this study, then visit the crowdsourcing map survey.

Questions or concerns?

Email the principal researcher, Tara McWhinney at tara.mcwhinney@carleton.ca for further information.

The ethics protocol for this research has been reviewed and approved by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board. If you have any ethical concerns with the study, please contact the CUREB Chair, Carleton University Research Ethics Board-A (by phone at 613-520-2600 ext. 2517 or via email at ethics@carleton.ca). Clearance #112101   Date of Clearance:  January 14, 2020.


As both a mother and an academic, I want to bring the discussion of unpaid housework and childcare to those who create and critique our social policies. When we discuss work and design policies, we should be discussing all work! My research on women’s experiences of housework will result in policy recommendations that I will promote to governments and educators.

Come join other women to discuss this important topic!


Tara McWhinney