Housework: Women Vs. Men, Then Vs. Now
Who does most of the housework in your family’s home? It used to be that women did the vast majority of the cooking and cleaning, but men have been increasing their share of the load over the past fifty years. Researchers at the Ohio State University say this began to change when more women started working outside of the home.
According to a new study from the University of Maryland, women today are spending less than two and a half hours a day doing chores like cooking, cleaning, and laundry. But back in 1965, they spent an average of over four hours a day on housework.
Men devoted a mere thirty minutes each day on housework in the mid-1960s. It was hard to fit it in between three-martini lunches and meetings at the ad agency. But now guys spend about an hour and a half a day on household chores.
Not surprisingly, this all changes when kids come along. The Ohio State University researchers say that when couples become parents, especially well-educated, two-income couples, the women in these families devote an extra three hours a day to housework once they become moms. The number also goes up for the guys. Dads spend about forty additional minutes a day on household chores. It sounds like the kids need to do their part too!