Even Today, Women Still Do Most Of The Housework And Childcare


Even as women are becoming a bigger and bigger part of the workforce — women are primary or sole breadwinners in four out of ten households — new data shows they’re still shouldering far more household responsibilities than men.

According to this year’s American Time Use survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women in 2013 were stuck with the chores: on a typical day, 49 percent of women did housework like cleaning or doing the laundry, compared to just 19 percent of men. In households with children under the age of six, women spent an average of one hour a day physically caring for them (by giving them baths or feeding them), while men spent 26 minutes doing the same.

It also found that men spend more time on in leisure activities like watching TV and exercising than women do (men spend 5.9 hours a day on leisure; women spend 5.2). Women are also more likely to cook dinner.

The results from this year’s study were not too different than data from previous years: Going back to 2011, men and women had an almost identical divide in chores.

The fact that men spend so little time doing work around the house can have a big impact on their kids. A new study this year showed that daughters are more likely to envision working outside of the home if their dad did household chores.