Who's Minding the Chores?

While Ruth Davis Konigsberg's "Chore Wars" rightly defines the unpaid work of housework and caregiving as real work, it doesn't consider the disparate cultural value attached to each type of work [Aug. 8]. The data continue to show that women do more low-valued housework and caregiving than men do, which cuts into the time they might spend in more highly valued paid work. Although both are germane to social sustainability, paid work confers more social and economic power. Also, because we hold women and men differently accountable for family work, men tend to be order followers rather...

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