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Study shows women still expected to do more around the home

An article in the New York Times reports on a study to be published in the journal Gender and Society finding that many Americans who believe women should be equal at work still think work around the house is mainly a woman’s responsibility.

The author of the article, Claire Cain Miller, suggests this may be one reason “why the path to equality seems in some ways to have stalled — despite the significant increases in women’s educational and professional opportunities.”

One of the surprising findings of recent research is that “young people are falling back on traditional gender roles more than expected. Even millennials who want to share earning and domestic responsibilities equally with their partners end up dividing labor more traditionally after they have children.”

The article goes on to describe why men might be resistant to taking on equal responsibilities at home.

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