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Household Labor



Physical chores—such as cleaning, household repairs, and food preparation—are just part of the effort that keeps a household running smoothly. It also requires great mental effort toward logistics (such as scheduling, budgeting, and menu planning) and detailed emotional effort toward maintaining relationships both within and outside of the household. When household labor isn’t distributed equitably among members of the household, resentment can build up and burnout is inevitable. Complicating matters are the heavily gendered and cultural expectations around who is assumed to be in charge of what task, which can lead to feelings of frustration, confusion, and defensiveness. Discussing those assumptions in context while setting our own limits can be crucial parts of maintaining a healthy, happy household.

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How to Divide Household Chores

Relationship expert Dr. Karyn Gordon shares advice on the best way to divide household chores.

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All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership

In an era of seemingly unprecedented feminist activism, enlightenment, and change, data shows that one area of gender inequality stubbornly persists: the disproportionate amount of parental work that falls to women, no matter their background, class, or professional status.

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She Divorced Me Because I Left Dishes by the Sink

It wasn’t a big deal to me when I was married. But it was a big deal to her.

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Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)

Tired, stressed, and in need of more help from your partner? Imagine running your household (and life!) in a new way. It started with the Sh*t I Do List.

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An Unequal Division of Labor

Most working mothers return home to a second shift of unpaid housework and caregiving after their official workday ends. When paid work, household labor, and child care are combined, working mothers spend more time working than fathers.

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Gender Equity Starts in the Home

Despite the fact that women outnumber men in the paid workforce, women still do more of the domestic work and childcare—almost twice as much as their male partners.

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Moms Are Burned-out: What Can We Do to Ease the Burden?

The household tasks taken over by most moms—including the often invisible emotional work—have increased exponentially.

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Women’s Household Labor is Essential. Why Isn’t It Valued?

COVID-19 has exposed enduring inequality in domestic divisions of labor.

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The Hidden Load: How ‘Thinking of Everything’ Holds Mums Back

When it comes to household responsibilities, women perform far more cognitive and emotional labour than men. Why is this, and is there anything we can do about it?

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The Second Shift: Arlie Hochschild

Professor Arlie Hochschild examined what really happens in dual-career households.

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