Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Men Work as Much as Women Do

Men work as much as women do.

You probably already read about this survey in Slate. Apparently there is a widespread assumption that women work more than men, but this particular worldwide study demonstrates that this is not true (in the sample surveyed). In fact, women and men sampled in wealthier countries work just about exactly the same amount.

Now far more interesting than the actual study is how exactly work is defined and valued as "market work" (done for money) and "homework" (done for free). Because although women and men may work the same amount, they certainly aren't paid the same amount. That, however, wasn't the focus of the study.

And I must return to my own "market work" right now....