Young women doing less housework: Study

The Statistics Canada study found the gap between men and women has narrowed when it comes to how...

The Statistics Canada study found the gap between men and women has narrowed when it comes to how much housework they do. (Shutterstock)

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Young couples are increasingly sharing the financial and domestic responsibilities in the household, a new Statistics Canada study shows.

The study compared the lifestyles of adults aged 20 to 29 at three different points in time: 1986, 1998 and 2010.

Those in generation Y, born between 1981 and 1990, were more likely to be in school and living at home with their parents, compared to those in the two other generations. They also waited longer to live with a partner and have children.

The study also found the gap between men and women has narrowed when it comes to how much housework they do. Women of generation Y do just .4 more hours of cooking and cleaning per day than men. Women in 1986 did 1.2 hours more.

"This was due entirely to a decrease in the time women spent on housework," the report says. As women have increased the hours they work outside of the home, men have increased their share of the housework.

The average time spent by young couples on paid work and housework is more similar for those without children. But the study found that women contribute less to work outside the home and more to housework when children are in the mix.


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