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Only 10% men do more housework than women

ANI  London, March 13, 2012
First Published: 15:57 IST(13/3/2012) | Last Updated: 18:17 IST(13/3/2012)

Eight out of ten married women do more housework as compared to their partners, a new study has found.

According to figures compiled by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), one in 10 married men do the same amount as their wives. Around the same proportion do more.

Only 3 per cent of married women spend fewer than three hours a week on housework, with almost half doing 13 hours or more.

Researchers found housework patterns have changed only slightly across the generations.

More than eight out of ten women born in 1958 said they do more laundry and ironing than their partner, and seven out of ten women born in 1970 agreed.

Experts say the gender imbalance is still alive in the British household and are calling for men to do their fair share.

“The revolution in gender roles is unfinished business,” the Daily Mail quoted Nick Pearce, director of IPPR as saying.

“Women still shoulder the overwhelming burden of household tasks, particularly after they have had children.

“When they earn more, their bargaining power with their partners increases, so closing the gender pay gap would help,” Pearce added.

The IPPR called for men to work more flexibly and take greater responsibility for caring for their children and their homes.


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