Study Finds That Working Mothers Do More Housework in Two-Career Households

Study Finds That Working Mothers Do More Housework in Two-Career Households


Sep 30, 2015

Even though today's fathers are far more progressive than previous generations when it comes to taking on roles inside the home, mothers are still putting in more leg work.

According to a new Women in the Workplace survey conducted by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey& Co., the division of work between working husbands and working wives remains disproportionate.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the survey found that 41 percent of working women reported doing more child care, while 30 percent reported doing more chores than their husbands.

This trend barely budges for younger couples where despite that chores are split evenly between the couple, women under 30 dedicate more time to child care.

The survey revealed that this phenomenon begins to permeate the workplace as well, contributing to the existing culture of inequality between men and women in work environments.

"The bottom line is that what men do is more valued — and men are still largely in charge," said Dr. Steven Hobfoll, a psychologist, professor and chairman of the behavioral sciences department at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. "In medical centers, they are still mostly the chairs of departments and heads of the hospital; in academia, they are the senior faculty and heads of the universities; in business, the upper 2 percent is still overwhelmingly male."

From Dr. Hobfoll's observations, it appears the inequality boils down to a combination of reasons that touch upon income, workplace demands, and unsurprisingly, the pressures to live up to gender stereotypes — whether they be enforced in the professional realm, on TV, or in the media.

Dr. Hobfoll is quick to note that dollars aside, women may benefit from one upswing: quality of life. Studies have shown that those who spend more time with family have a higher quality of life.

"If you stop looking at dollars made as the biggest arbiter of success and look at work-life balance, you would say that women now are enjoying much better quality of life than men are," Dr. Hobfoll said.

Even though these situations vary from couple to couple and household to household, the big question still rings relevant: Will working mothers ever be able to achieve work-life balance without social repercussions?

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