“Despite the rising number of women in the workforce, men’s hours on the job and women’s hours at home continue to perpetuate a neo-traditional division of labor for most dual-earner couples (Moen & Yu, 2000; Clarkberg & Moen, 2001). With the influx of women in the workplace, there has been a shift in the division of labor in the home. Women today perform less housework than previous generations, and men perform more household chores than their predecessors. However, women, whether employed or not, still tend to perform more housework than men, approximately a 1.8 fold difference (Bianchi, Milkie, Sayer, & Robinson, 2000; Hochschild, 1989). This is down from the six fold difference in 1965 (Bianchi, Milkie, Sayer, & Robinson, 2000).” (Roehling & Moen, 2005)

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