Today, some disappointing news: a recent study from the University of Bath found that mothers who earn more than fathers still do the majority of household chores. Study author Dr. Joanna Syrda looked at data from 1999 to 2017 and looked at more than 6,000 dueling heterosexual couples.
Despite women earning more and more money since 1997, Syrda noted, “the gender gap in household chores persists.”
Married mothers who earn more than their husbands take on an even larger share of household chores news research @BathSofM shows.
— University of Bath (@UniofBath) March 31, 2022
To better understand what’s going on here, Syrda took a closer look at why there’s such gender inequality when it comes to household chores. She came to the conclusion that the reasons for this gap are: “limited availability of men’s time, unequal relative resources and conformity to traditional gender ideology”.
The traditional part of gender ideology is essential. Syrda speculated that mothers who make more money than their husbands may feel like they are “deviating” from tradition. Then, in turn, the couple overcorrects.
“What can happen is that when men earn less than women, couples counteract that by increasing tradition through household chores – in other words, wives do more and husbands do less as they attempt to compensate for this ‘abnormal’ situation by drawing on other gender norms,” she wrote.
It all ends up being completely counter-intuitive. Syrda has come to the conclusion that the current system of higher paid mothers doing more housework simply does not make practical sense.
“If the wife is the relatively higher earner, the transition to parenthood should not result in a more traditional division of domestic labour, as this would not improve the overall quality of life of the household,” she said. declared. Explain. “But this study suggests that’s not the case.”
This is just one of many examples of studies that show inequalities between mothers and fathers. A 2014 study found that women are 10 times more likely than men to miss work to care for their children when they are sick, according to Atlantic. At High of this, mothers are also five times more likely to take their sick children to a doctor’s appointment.
It’s about breaking down traditional gender norms, closing the parental gap and leveling the playing field in care.
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