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The Double Burden of Career & Housework

We all know there are no days off in parenting—and research shows just how hard moms are working. A study released by Welch’s looked at 2,000 American moms of kids between five and 12 years old, and found the average hours moms work per week is 98. As in the equivalent of two-and-a-half full-time jobs.

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(a) Holding a full-time job is demanding, hard-work.

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(b) Caring for house, hubby, and heirs is demanding, hard work and a full-time job.

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Studies show:
Men do (a) and contribute little to (b). Women do (a) and the majority of (b).

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Men have been privileged to focus on (a) because they can rely on some woman to step-in and do (b) for them.

Women still have to do both and cannot rely on anyone to step-in and do (b) for them.

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Cultural Advantage: Men.
Cultural Handicap: Women.

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Men have no more right to crow to women about their “success” in the business world, and how that success is derived from their superior “attachment” to their work, than a fighter who has beaten an opponent with his hands tied behind his back.

A double burden (AKA double day, second shift, or double duty) is the workload many women face while working to earn money while also carrying the burden of an outsized share of responsibility for domestic labor.

Learn more about the Double Burden that modern women face.