The Study That Justifies Me Being Too Tired For Chores After Work
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

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According to a recent study, married or cohabiting women who work in traditionally female jobs spent more time on housework than those in traditionally male jobs, and their husbands (or partners) in female-dominated jobs did more chores in the home as well.

So, men who are in occupations where female workers are dominant, ie. teaching, childcare, or nursing, do more housework, while women who might work in the construction, tech, or sports fields do less.

These findings by Elizabeth Aura McClintock, a sociologist of the University of Notre Dame, come at a time when, no matter the industry or who’s dominating, women still earn less than men and 40% of all households with children under 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.

Talk about a work-life balance dilemma.

I had a recent discussion with a male friend of mine about household chores.

Him: Why do you want to hire a cleaning service? You should be able to do that yourself.

Me: Well, between editing, writing, attending events, and other things I have to do for my job, I haven’t the time nor the energy to give my place the full daily scrub down. I keep it neat, but I need that down-and-dirty clean up and organizing.

Him: You’re just lazy.

The nerve.

I’m not married—or cohabitating—but I’ll be sure to cite this study the next time he and I are discussing my evening plans that do not include giving the floor an extra scrub or taking that bag of laundry to the cleaners. The media and tech industries are both very male-dominated, so I’ll have that much less guilt tonight leaving a fork or two in the sink.

Do you find that the amount of housework you do is directly related to your day job? #Soundoff and follow Janell on Twitter @JPHazelwood.

Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.