OP, I am a working woman, but I am someone who has IMMENSE respect for homemakers . I completely believe it is the most THANKLESS and UNDERPAID This is my favorite response when someone disrespects a homemaker. 1) Cook - atleast Rs.8000-10000 a month in India- Sometimes unreliable. Lots of drama. Needs to supervised most of the time. 2) Dhobi/Laundry - atleast Rs 5000 a month 3) Day Care - Atleast Rs.10000 for 9AM to 6PM for ONE Child in India. 4) Tutor who takes care of kids homework - atleast Rs. 5000 a month 5) Driver/chaffeur/Uber - Atleast Rs.200 per trip Now these are just a very FEW of the tasks a homemaker takes care of. That itself is worth a salary of 50k-60k a month. Add to this caretaker while anyone in the family is sick, caretaker of parents etc. This is amount of MINIMUM money a homemaker saves. I had a huge argument one day with my male colleague who called his wife a "cost center" who doesnt give any revenue, only spending . I made him sit and put all this in an excel (he had two kids). And I could see it was an eye opener for him. I told him to put in the excel that unlike other jobs the "cost center" doesn't get vacations or paid time off or coffee breaks or happy hours and team building activities and most importantly cannot quit if she doesnt want to do the job anymore.