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Canadian dads are doing more at home than before the coronavirus pandemic

Over the past few months, everyday housework, like cooking and washing dishes, has multiplied and most parents have become responsible for teaching their kids. Given the uneven distribution of these tasks before the pandemic, much of this extra work has fallen squarely on mothers.

Aug 04, 2020

Our work looks at trends in housework and child care during the early stages of the pandemic in Canada as one way to measure how it might disproportionately harm women.

Housework and child care are important markers of equity for a few reasons. Family responsibilities often default to mothers, negatively impacting their career and economic opportunities. Women’s physical and mental health is linked to how equally partners share family-related tasks. Romantic relationship quality and stability are also tied to perceptions of equity in housework and child care.

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Kevin Shafer is an associate professor of sociology and the director of Canadian Studies at Brigham Young UniversityCasey Scheibling is a postdoctoral fellow in sociology at McMaster University; and Melissa Milkie is a professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.