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November 20, 2008

Who's taking care of the home?

There have been many changes in our society over the decades, but certainly a big one is the increase in the percentage of women working outside the home. As a result, women may have less time to devote to chores around the home, like cleaning, cooking and child rearing. So, who’s taking care of the home today, if anyone?

Dr. Mike Walden, North Carolina Cooperative Extension economist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, responds:

"Well, believe it or not, men have actually picked up most of the slack. It is true that women are spending less time at household tasks as the number of opportunities for women in paying employment outside the home has increased (i.e., more women have gone to work for pay outside the home). In fact, the average woman today spends 18 fewer hours on household work per week than her counterparts did 100 years ago. But men are actually spending 13 hours more per week on housework than those counterparts 100 years ago. So, 18 down for women, 13 up for men, that still leaves a gap of 5 hours per week, but the point is there has been adjustment in the household. Women are doing less because they're working outside the home more, but men are doing a little more at home also."

Posted by Dave at November 20, 2008 08:00 AM