Married mothers who earn more than their husbands take on an even greater share of the housework

While new mothers frequently take on a greater share of housework than their spouses, this effect is even more pronounced in mothers who earn more than fathers, new research from the University of Bath shows. The gender housework gap actually gets bigger for mothers who earned more than their spouses — the more they earned over their partner, the more housework they did. The findings might indicate that traditional gender identity norms — the notion of the ‘male breadwinner’ and its association with masculinity — are so entrenched that couples may try to compensate for a situation where wives earn more than their husbands.

— source University of Bath | Mar 31, 2022

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