According to a new study that asked men and women in 25 countries how they spend their time each day, the answer to the question of whether women work more than men is no. In the US (and other rich countries, as defined in the study), men and women are dead even – each group spends 7.9 hours a day working: “men average 5.2 hours of market work a day and 2.7 hours of homework each day, while women average 3.4 hours of market work and 4.5 hours of homework per day. Adding these up, men work an average of 7.9 hours per day, while women work an average of—drum roll, please—7.9 hours per day.”
“Market work” is defined in the study as work conducted for pay, and mostly outside the house; homework includes housework and child care. (The other two categories were "tertiary time," including sleep, eating, and other biological necessities that people can do only for themselves; and the time left over, which is leisure.) Across the 25 countries included in this study, men spent more time on market work while women spent more time on homework.
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