Working from home resulted in a rebalancing of housework and childcare responsibilities – but not all couples were affected evenly.
The pandemic increased housework and childcare for women. It also exacerbated the work that keeps households and families running: the mental load.
As the pandemic took hold in 2020, Australian dads picked up more of the domestic load, new research shows. But their sleep and anxiety suffered as a consequence.
Whatever the eventual impact on women’s candidacies post-pandemic, COVID-19 has the potential to shock the system, upending or reinforcing existing gender imbalances in political power.
With gyms closed and fitness supplies short on the shelves, maybe it’s time to turn your housework into a workout.
Women have always done the lion’s share of the “invisible” caring work at home: the impact of coronavirus may force all of that to change.
You’ve heard pregnant women talk about nesting, whether that’s painting the nursery, or cleaning the house from top to bottom before their baby arrives. But new research turns ‘nesting’ on its head.
Some households have shared disproportionately in the growing national wealth, but GNP fails to reflect the disparity in gains across economic groups.
The myth that women are superior multitaskers has just been busted. So, let’s divide work in and out of the home so women aren’t left running themselves ragged.
The official figures show things are fine, but Australia’s most comprehensive tracking survey finds the typical household is worse off than ten years ago.
For families, the HILDA report has little good news – childcare costs, poverty and anxiety are rising, all while women are more involved in the labour market. But there is some reason to hope.
Dirt blindness is used by some to excuse men for spending a third as much time as women cleaning. A new study shows it’s a myth.
Most Canadian children spend too much time on screens and don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables. Fathers can help by modelling healthy behaviours and getting involved in research.
Why getting up and doing housework can pile on the pounds.
New data show that while the gender gap on housework is narrowing, women still carry the load.
Existing theories of housework focus on traditional gender roles. But they need to be updated to reflect a more nuanced idea of gender, one that allows for dynamics in same-sex relationships.
Housework is typically thought of as a gendered or economic exchange, but a new study emphasises the role played by the knowledge we gain about our partner over the course of a relationship.
Inequality across the domestic sphere – housework and parenting – jeopardises relationship quality.
The latest Census shows Australians spend between five and 14 hours a week on unpaid domestic work, but it’s women who suffer the most from this.
If it weren’t for chemistry, that pile of wrinkled shirts would take even longer to sort out.