Gender equality? Sorry men, but we are still the slackers

In the case where the man is the main breadwinner of a couple with no children, he ends up doing more paid work plus housework on average than the woman, but in no other situation does he do so.
In the case where the man is the main breadwinner of a couple with no children, he ends up doing more paid work plus housework on average than the woman, but in no other situation does he do so.PHOTO: AFP

One of the biggest holes in any economic discussion is the lack of accounting for unpaid work. Housework and taking care of your children do not bring a wage, nor appear in the GDP figures, yet of course if you were to pay someone to do those tasks it most definitely would.

The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (Hilda) survey shows that this work is overwhelmingly done by women and at levels that really should shame men in the country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 04, 2019, with the headline 'Gender equality? Sorry men, but we are still the slackers'. Subscribe