A recent Time Magazine cover story, titled “The Chore Wars,” examines the amount of labour, both paid and unpaid, that men and women put into the household. Current research says that in families with young kids, where a mom and a dad both go to work, women are working just 20 more minutes each week. While it’s true that women spend more time on childcare, men make up for the difference by logging more hours at work. And yet, working moms report that they feel as though they’re doing more than their fair share.
We felt compelled to ask asked some hard working women whether or not this statistic – that working moms and dads put in basically the same amount of labour – rang true for them. Read more...
The New York Times magazine ran a really thought-provoking essay in a special issue on empowering women yesterday. By Lisa Belkin, author of the paper’s Motherlode parenting blog, the piece (linked here) argues that women’s careers won’t achieve equality with men until men assume equal responsibility in the family, for parenting roles.
“That women are not yet equal in the workplace is largely a result of the fact that they are not equal at home,” writes Belkin in a related blog post. “And that last gap will not close until our policies and expectations change for men.”