Care work provided in homes and institutions is a public good that is under-valued by society. Most unpaid care work within households is carried out by women. The 'unpaid care penalty' for women in the EU, which is equivalent to the earnings they lost because of this unbalanced distribution of care responsibilities, is estimated to reach €242 billion per year. In this first episode of the chronicle, Dr Meena Fernandes, a policy analyst at the EPRS, will delve into unpaid care work and its impact on women and gender imbalance as well as on our society and economy. Restrictions: ©The material may not be edited and must be shown entirely.