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24/06/2019
Men at work is only half the story

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A woman’s work is never done — or so the saying goes — and while half the population have always known this to be true, there’s a new survey that suggests they’re absolutely right. As well as holding down jobs outside the home, women are still responsible for the lion’s share of domestic duties.

The survey of more than 1000 Australians by lawnmower manufacturer Victa found that while more than half of women work in paid jobs, they also continue to take on the majority of “traditional household roles” — housework, in other words. Fifty-eight per cent of those surveyed still do most of the washing, almost 55 per cent are in charge in the kitchen, almost 54 per cent are the ones who clean up after everyone else has used the bathroom, 49.6 per cent do the tidying up, 48.8 per cent wield the mops and vacuum cleaners, and 43.3 per cent keep the gardens from being overrun.

Men, meanwhile, once they’ve returned from the demands of their paid jobs, will mostly turn their attention to minor home repairs (62 per cent) and home improvements (37 per cent) as well as firing up the lawnmower (58 per cent). And as for the kids, well, they account for just 2 per cent of help around the home. Well, to be fair, Fortnite is pretty time-consuming.

There is a little good news, however: more households are sharing some of the roles, particularly in the areas of general tidying, gardening, vacuuming/mopping and the kitchen . . . but hey, what are you doing still reading this? It’s time to get the dinner on, the laundry basket’s overflowing and that bathroom won’t clean itself.

Publisher’s note: these may be the stats but, in reality, times are changing — my Archie does nearly all of the housework!  And among my friends he is not alone.

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