Donna Reed, June Cleaver, Marion Cunningham, Lucy Ricardo, Edith Bunker—OK, you get it- women who did not work outside of the home but were responsible for laundry, housework, making the kids lunch and cooking. Guess what. Women by a large majority still perform these chores while at the same time females participating in the labor force has grown exponentially. Labor force participation among U.S. women aged 25-54 has risen to 75.2% from 73.3% three years ago.
Here is where the double duty comes in. On an average day, 19% of men reported doing housework compared to 49% of women according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Women are still doing the majority of unpaid domestic work. We’re not done yet. Research shows that young adult men spend more time than woman exercising, playing games and enjoying other leisure activities. Ladies, it’s time to fight for gender equality when it comes to the toilet bowl brush, mop, dust rag, laundry and cooking.
The historical norm is that couples divided the labor at home depending on who made the most money. The latest stats show that women, on average, earn 78 to 82 percent of the male salary. Let’s jump back a paragraph. 19% of men report doing housework today. You need not be a statistician to realize the numbers do not jive here. Simply put-men need to contribute more to completing household chores.
Now, some men naturally gravitate toward assisting in the home while others need to be coerced into wet mopping. If the male in your household simply is not inclined to do this type of work then, at minimum, he should be responsible for ensuring that each bathroom is properly stocked with toilet paper. It’s the least you can ask.
Source: Gary R’nel
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