Women's Health

A WOMAN’S WORK

Keeping tabs on all your to-dos— plus reminding him of his? That stress can bring you to a tipping point.

Krystal Cormack was on the verge of a meltdown.

Earlier this year, the 35-year-old mother of three from Oxford, Mississippi, was holding down her job as a director at an educational nonprofit while also moonlighting in an unpaid side gig: as her family’s de facto secretary.

Since becoming a mom nine years ago, Krystal’s to-do list had ballooned to include making her kids’ orthodontist appointments, drafting grocery lists, scheduling piano lessons, and planning social events. “It felt like running a small business,” she recalls. The constant stream of duties left her so overwhelmed, “I became the angry mom who was snapping at my family.”

Krystal was essentially the ringmaster of her family circus—an invisible job that overwhelmingly impacts women. The French artist

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