Chart of the Day: Women still do about twice as much unpaid work and child care as men
This study out of Pew is fascinating if you’re interested in why women continue to fall behind in, well, lots of things. As you can see, while men have stepped up a lot to take on unpaid work and child care since 1965, women still spend about twice as much time on those things as men do, on average.
The whole study is interesting, including that the number of women with children under 18 who desire to work full time has increased from 20 percent in 2007 to 32 percent in 2011. Pew warns, though, that this may be more economic crunch than feminist enlightenment. I say all the better. There are plenty of reasons for women’s equality in the workplace, and it makes sense that women (and men) will respond most to the pocket-pinching kind.
I recently got around to reading The Second Shift, which was published in the 1980s, and though I’d love to say it’s outdated, it’s still fresh and relevant to today’s discussions about the division of household labor. If you’re interested in more about this, I’d suggest picking it up.