Women spend an average of 74 hours a week on household chores and childcare, tasks that it would cost £32,812 to pay someone else to do, according to insurer Legal and General.
By contrast, men spend only 53 hours a week on domestic tasks, although it would still cost £23,296 to pay someone to do everything that fathers do for free.
Given that we\’re talking childcare here I think they mean "mothers" rather than "women".
But OK, let\’s run with that. Could we also see the difference in hours worked in the monetary or paid economy between mothers and fathers please?
Given that, just as an example, new mothers get maternity pay for some time while fathers get enough paternity leave to flash the cigars around, that many mothers work part time rather than full while the children are young….well, you get my drift.
What are the total hours of work (and thus, by subtraction, the total hours of leisure) available to mothers and fathers?
You know, I think that has been done for us. On average, men and women (which falls foul of my first qualification above, I know) enjoy equal leisure time. Thus they must also be working the same number of hours….when one adds paid and unpaid, domestic production and market economy production, together.
I\’m perfectly willing to agree that mothers and fathers divide their various work, that some might complain that it\’s divided along gender lines which some don\’t like, but I\’m most unconvinced that this labour is divided unfairly or unequally in total.