How do You Use Your Time?
It’s probably something you’ve never added up, but the Australian Institute of Family Studies has examined the way Australian families spend their time and found that women spend nearly twice as much time doing housework as men. Yep, even in this day and age, when most women work, the division of household chores is still stuck in a 1950s time-warp.
Women with pre-school age children spend 32 hours a week on housework. Even when their kids are in school it only drops to 29 hours a week.
This won’t come as a surprise to any of you with young kids, but women with children aged five years and under spend 88 hours working every week, including housework, paid work, child care, and voluntary work such as helping out at playgroup.
Women may be breaking the glass ceiling in the office but not, it seems, in the home.
Again, hardly surprising, but 62% of employed women with children said they always or often felt rushed.
You’re not the only one feeling like you’re forever chasing your tail, but it’s not a nice way to live, so it makes sense to outsource the chores in order to free up valuable time.