An old proverb says, “A man may work from sun to sun, but woman’s work is never done.” And now, a new study backs up that age-old observation. Women take on a disproportionate burden of both unpaid family care and housework, according to a report from MenCare. The study gathered data from 26 middle-to-high income countries and found that on average, women provide twice as much unpaid care for family and take on twice as many household tasks. In Mexico, New Zealand and Japan women are doing three times as much work than men in both categories. That must mean men are working harder at the office, right? Nope! The study finds that men enjoy much more free time than women overall and that even in countries where gender equality is high, women, on average, do more paid and unpaid work than men. To address this discrepancy, the researchers behind the report suggest that governments implement equal, paid, parental leave policies as well as measures to encourage women’s equal participation in the workforce.
Read the full story at The Telegraph.