Women still do the majority of the housework, according to newly published data.
This is true despite the ever-increasing number of women who work full-time and those who are the breadwinners for their household. The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) analysed data from the2016 Census and found that, on average, women do around 14 hours of chores per week while men do less than five.
In fact, the Institute also found that women still do a significant amount of domestic work around the house in families with a stay-at-home father.
AIFS Senior Research Fellow Dr Jennifer Baxter said their findings have revealed that “stay-at-home-dad families were not simply the reverse ‘mirror’ image of stay-at-home-mum families, just with the gender roles reversed”.
In households where the mother is in full-time employment and the father stays at home “dads spent an average of 19 hours a week on childcare, while mothers spent 21 hours” she explained. In addition, such fathers spend 28 hours each week doing housework while mothers did 23 hours “which they managed to combine with an average 35-hour working week paid job”.
Overall, men who stay at home “do take on more responsibility for child care than fathers in other family types, [but] the average stay-at-home dad is still far from being ‘Mr Mum’” Baxter said.
When both parents work, fathers do an average of 15 hours of housework and 12 hours of childcare per week. They also do around 50 hours each week for their job. The mothers in those households do fewer hours of work for their employer at around 31 hours a week but they do more around the house, with 26 hours of chores and 23 hours of childcare. So in those households, women do an average of 80 hours work per week compared to men who do 77 in total.
Earlier this year, researchers from Georgia Southern University studied data from 5,800 adults and found that mothers lose sleep after the arrival of their children but fathers do not. Each participant was asked questions about their sleeping patterns and the only factor which kept coming up among women who did not sleep well was children.
For more information on the AIFS stay-at-home father statistics, click here.