134lecture38(apr15)

134lecture38(apr15) - Division of Family Labor How much...

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Division of Family Labor How much housework are men and women doing? The most recent estimates suggest that women are spending about 17.5 hours per week on housework and men are spending about 10 hours per week. How have patterns in family labor changed? Movement toward equality; that is, the discrepancy between the amount of housework men do and the amount of housework women do has decreased. However, much of this decrease is due to the fact that women spend much less time doing housework now rather than men increasing their load. What kind of work are men and women doing? Women spend more time in “core household tasks” (cooking, cleaning, laundry) than men. Men spend more time doing outdoor chores, repairs and maintenance, and yard work. The fact that women are spending more time than men in labor that benefits the household means that not only do they have more work to do, but they have less time for leisure activities than men. This is known as the “leisure gap.”
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