Women Around The World Do More Housework Than Men, Leaving Them With Less Free TIme

This study simply reaffirms what we already knew: women are expected to take on more responsibilities around the house, and have a lot less free time as a result.

This phenomenon isn't just true in the United States — according to a study by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, in all 26 countries belonging to the OECD, women take on over half of the unpaid, around-the-house tasks. Because of math, it's obvious that women are left with less leisure time than their male partners.

On average across the OECD, women do approximately 60 percent of the housework, but this varies per country.


In the U.S. for example, women take on a little over 60 percent of the day-to-day responsibilities. This figure reaches its peak in Japan and Korea, where women do nearly 84 percent of all domestic duties.

Scandanavia is the most egalitarian of the group, with Norweigan women completely 54 percent of the unpaid work, followed by Sweden and Denmark.

To be fair, men on average do spend more time in paid work—5.42 hours a day (really thought this would be higher) compared to women's 4.55 hours. But they also get more leisure time than women, which is a nice tradeoff, if you're a dude.

The culprit of these unequal time allocations? You guessed it -- kids.

For every child, you can deduct 2.3 hours a week from a woman's discretionary ("me") time, whereas only 1.7 hours a week are deducted from each daddy's schedule.

H/T: ThinkProgress, Top Photo Credit: Shutterstock