Why do women work more than men?

Jessica Quinonez-Rafaeli
2 min readJun 19, 2021


Historically, women have had the role of being in charge of the family, and of taking charge of household chores, and although we think that we have “freed ourselves” from that responsibility, the reality is different.

According to a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan, women, specifically those who are married, work 7 hours more a week than single women.

While married men are only added an hour of extra work compared to single men. It is important to emphasize that the research did not take into account other tasks around the house such as repairs, gardening or washing the car. The research was mainly focused on household chores such as cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning the house.

On average, this study concluded that a woman performs 17 hours of housework a week, that is, 9 hours less than what they did in 1976. While men are currently more involved in housework and now do an average of 13 hours a week, which is more than double what they did 30 years ago.

The researchers found that especially women with children are those who have a greater increase in housework. Married women with more than 3 children do approximately 28 hours of domestic work a week, that is, 10 hours more than a woman on average.

In contrast, married men with more than 3 children do 10 hours of domestic work a week, compared to the 13 hours an average man would do.

In another study conducted by sociologists from the University of Maryland, the University of Texas and the University of Southern California, it was found that married women perform more housework than single mothers, on average married women perform 32 more minutes of domestic work than single mothers.

The results found that this situation applied to both mothers who worked full time and mothers who stayed at home full time.

The study did not find a difference between the amount of time married women and single mothers spent caring for their children. Researchers suggest that women, regardless of whether they are married or single mothers, make caring for their children a priority.

In summary, the study found that men are not contributing equally to housework and that there is still a considerable difference in the time spent on housework between men and women.

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Jessica Quinonez-Rafaeli

My professional experience was focused for 10 years in the Psychology field. Now, I’m focused on the writing skills as an English and Spanish content writer.