Women Still Chained to Housework

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Women Still Chained to Housework


Although the number of full-time working females in the U.S. has increased by 1,000,000 each year since the 1960s to a total of 60,000,000, women still do more housework and parenting than their husbands or male partners. according to a University of Missouri-Columbia study. In addition to the 30-40 hours a week many women spend working outside the home, housework occupies 40-44 hours more. Their husbands or male partners, meanwhile, spend about 13 hours a week on household chores, only a slight increase from men in the 1960s, who contributed about 11 hours weekly.

"The changes in our society's gender and marital roles have been greatly overstated," maintains David Demo, professor of human development and family studies. "Men may do a little bit more housework than their fathers. They may help out a little bit more with their kids. But these small changes have been exaggerated. The fact of the matter is women still do all or most of the housework; all or most of the parenting--plus many of them work outside the home. …

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