Eight in 10 married women do more housework than husbands

Modern-day couples are still more likely to split into traditional 'breadwinner' and 'homemaker' roles.

Written by PTI | London | Published: April 1, 2013 6:17:20 pm

Eight out of 10 married women in the UK still do more housework than their husbands,according to a new study.

Modern-day couples are still more likely to split into traditional ‘breadwinner’ and ‘homemaker’ roles than they are fully to share employment,childcare and domestic duties,the study by Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR),a UK-based think-tank found.

Although the number of ‘house husbands’ in UK has trebled in the last 15 years,according to estimates from the study,there are still only 62,000 men in Britain who are economically inactive and said that they solely care for their family or their homes,The Telegraph reported.

Eight out of 10 married women are said to do seven or more hours of housework a week – the equivalent of an entire working day. Almost a third (30 per cent) do between seven and 12 hours while 45 per cent do at least 13 hours.

Just three per cent of married women,meanwhile,spend less than three hours a week on tasks around the home. The survey found that only 13 per cent of married women said their husbands did more housework than them.

The research also suggested that 20th century feminism has failed working-class women,whose pay lags proportionately much further behind men than is the case for females in higher socio-economic groups.

While the ‘gender pay gap’ has almost entirely disappeared for women in their 20s,according to the study,it opens up again for females in their 30s and 40s,particularly if they have children.

Higher levels of education,particularly a degree,make a bigger difference to the earnings of middle-aged women than they do to those of middle-aged men.

“While feminism has delivered for some professional women,other women have been left behind. Many of the advances for women at the top have masked inequality at the bottom,” Dalia Ben-Galim,IPPR’s associate director,said.

“The ‘break-the-glass-ceiling’ approach that simply promotes ‘women in the boardroom’ has not been as successful in changing family friendly working culture or providing opportunities for other women to advance,” Ben-Galim said.

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