Women still do twice as much housework as men.

Despite having more women in the workforce today, they still do the majority of the housework. Women’s domestic responsibilities exceed men’s by 2:1 and they don’t seem to be able to reduce this. In 2000, employed mothers spent as much time interacting with their children as mothers without a job in 1975 but many still perceive that they spend too little time


Mother Nature Needs Her Daughters: A Homeward Bound Global Review and Fact Sheet Investigating Gender Inequality in STEMM

Prepared by Fabian Dattner, Homeward Bound CEO and Co-founder;
Dr Mary-Ellen Feeney, Jacobs Group (Australia); and
Professor Tonia Gray, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University.
Compiled by Homeward Bound Alumni from 2018 & 2019

Copies can be download at https://doi.org/10.26183/5d22d5fbe2349

Online version here.

Maternal employment and time with children: Dramatic change or surprising continuity?

Bianchi SM. (2000) Demography 37:401–14.


Breadwinning mothers are increasingly the US norm

Today, 42% of mothers with children under the age of 18 are their families’ primary or sole breadwinners.



How coronavirus has changed the roles in the family home

ABC – Both research and anecdotal evidence are showing that in many cases, women are still picking up the bulk of the extra load. Famed author of the book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, has referred to the “double, double shift” that some women are now doing. Others refer to “the third shift” of extra cooking, cleaning and homeschooling during the pandemic.


Women’s work, housework, and childcare before and during COVID-19

VOXEU – The social distancing measures adopted to slow the spread of COVID-19 have placed a particular burden on families. Using survey data collected in April 2020 from a representative sample of Italian women, this column asks how working from home – combined with school closures – has affected the working arrangements, housework, and childcare provisions of couples in which both partners are employed. Most of the additional responsibilities have fallen to women, though childcare activities are shared more equally than housework.



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