Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Housework InequityBy: Heather Campobello - April 9, 2012
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says that “the data” shows that two women in the same home share responsibilities equally while men and a women do not. Sandberg did not disclose where she got this statistic from but looked very confident that she knew it to be true.
Her controversial statement does not mean that women should stop marrying men altogether, but it does imply that women would be better off marrying a woman if equal division of domestic work is strongly correlated to their wellbeing and overall life satisfaction.
To be fair, Sandberg says some men are very supportive and put in equal time. They are “the right” type of suitors in her eyes.
But all women do not want the same things. Many individuals would prefer to stay at home and return to parlor life while their spouse’s go off to work. But in this golden economy most wives and mothers find themselves having to do it all and often spread themselves too thin.
Another factor to consider is that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics women tend to work almost as many hours as men:
“Among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked slightly longer than women—8.2 versus 7.8 hours. Among part-time workers, men averaged 5.2 hours on days they worked and women averaged 5.4 hours.”
Despite their equal efforts in the workplace, one study from the National Science Foundation found that men do less work in the home than women after a long day:
“This study shows with men and women working, men still lag women in housework” and “The situation gets worse for women when they have children” because they have less time for leisure and relaxation.
The study also found that husbands create an extra seven hours a week of housework for wives, while wives save husbands from about an hour of housework a week.
Bill O’Reilly thought this study was unfair and was very defensive about the issue.
Are men losing their place within American households? Do you think men deserve to be the king of the castle? Are women better off without men?