Who does what chore can be a major source of tension in many households. Our survey of same-sex couples and their routines revealed four key strategies that can help lighten the load for everyone.
Too few Canadian fathers take parental leave. That’s because parental leave is framed as an employment policy rather than as care/work policy that promotes greater sharing of both paid and unpaid care work between parents.
If more Canadian fathers are to harness the benefits of parental leave and remote work, we need to design employment and care policies in ways that recognize every family’s unique needs.
Many people assume labour is evenly split in same-gender couples. Our study revealed that’s not always necessarily the case.
Uber wealthy couples are rather traditional when it comes to who works and who doesn’t.
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While most heterosexual couples are dual-earners, super rich couples continue to have gender-traditional arrangements in which the man is the sole breadwinner.
Edwina Preston reflects on the lost art of hanging out – which feeds creativity – and the need to reclaim time from the pressures of productivity. She draws on new books by Jenny Odell and Sheila Liming.
Marina Benjamin’s essays investigate the social and philosophical dimensions of housework and ‘femininity’. Maxine Fei-Chung’s book gives an often-harrowing account of eight women who struggle.
Even men who want to do their fair share of chores often fail to pull their weight.
The good news is, yes they can. Our research found a solution.
New research suggests parenthood strengthens a ‘traditional’ approach to home life.
Men could be doing more around the house. And it’s affecting relationships in ways no-one has explored, until now.
Women in equal relationships are more satisfied with their relationships and, in turn, feel more sexual desire than those in unequal relationships.
The Stepford Wives (1975)
In his 1972 novel The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin powerfully dramatised women’s suburban alienation and men’s resistance to feminist change. Michelle Arrow traces its enduring influence.
New research finds rooftop solar maintenance is becoming a form of housework, and this has the potential to become an equity issue.
We must redress the challenges of unpaid domestic work and the mental load on women’s physical, mental and economic health and well-being.
On this Mother’s Day, keep your cash and give your wonderful mother gifts that will actually have a long-term impact on her health and well-being.
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.
In this January 2019 photo, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser kisses her daughter after being sworn in. Will the coronavirus stop women’s careers from advancing or lead to societal changes that will make advancement easier?
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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.