General Article A woman's work is never done?

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One of the greatest social changes across Europe in recent decades has been the increase of women in the labour market. However, changes in women’s work patterns have not always been matched by changes in the division of household tasks between the sexes, reveals a study from the European Social Survey (ESS).

So, perhaps not unfairly, women often feel their work is never done, with those working full-time still responsible, on average, for around two-thirds of the total time heterosexual couples spend on housework. However, with women doing most of the housework this can lead to feelings of work–life conflict – for men!

The ‘double-burden’ of paid and domestic work on women’s experiences of work–family conflict was also explored, which found that despite the added burden of being responsible for most of the housework, women in these countries working full-time did not experience greater feelings of work–life conflict than men working similar hours. In fact, these findings from a l...

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