Posts Tagged housework

Why the gender gap in children’s allowances matters

I figured the gender wage gap in babysitting had to be the earliest wage gap out there. But Bryce Covert has uncovered an even earlier one:

Nearly 70 percent of boys say they get an allowance, compared to just under 60 percent of girls, according to a new survey from Junior Achievement.

But unfortunately, it’s not likely because boys do more chores. One study found that girls do two more hours of housework a week than boys, while boys spend twice as much time playing. The same study confirmed that boys are still more likely to get paid for what they do: they are 15 percent more likely to get an allowance for doing chores than girls. A 2009 survey of ...

I figured the gender wage gap in babysitting had to be the earliest wage gap out there. But Bryce Covert has uncovered an even earlier one:

Nearly 70 percent of boys say they get an allowance, ...

Rosie the Riveter apparently liked cleaning with a Swiffer so much she quit her job

Because nothing says, “I can’t wait to rush home from my full-time job to start my second shift of devalued, unpaid household labor with my  Swiffer Bissel Steam Boost!” like Rosie the Riveter.

“We Can Do It!”…because someone has to, and it’s not like our husbands are really stepping up.

After, um, swift internet outcry yesterday, Swiffer announced that they “didn’t intend to offend” with the image and “are working to make changes as quickly as possible.” I think if they’re serious about their commitment to “make cleaning easier for all consumers, regardless of who is behind the handle of our products,” maybe they should prove it by keeping the ad exactly the same but featuring a ...

Because nothing says, “I can’t wait to rush home from my full-time job to start my second shift of devalued, unpaid household labor with my  Swiffer Bissel Steam Boost!” like Rosie the Riveter.

“We Can Do ...

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Sixty percent of women are the primary breadwinner, but still doing most of the housework

Most people who identify as women have to work in this day and age–that’s just the reality of the time we live in (sorry “get back in the kitchen” advocates). But while the day-to-day lives of women have changed substantially, gendered expectations around housework have not. According to a study released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, despite significant shifts in women’s participation in the workforce, the amount of work they do in the house has only shifted marginally.

Some of the findings include:

Household Activities in 2011

–On an average day, 83 percent of women and 65 percent of men spent some
time doing household activities such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or
financial and other household management.

–On the days ...

Most people who identify as women have to work in this day and age–that’s just the reality of the time we live in (sorry “get back in the kitchen” advocates). But while the day-to-day lives of ...