We all (hopefully) know that women earn less than men for doing equivalent work. (There are debates about how much less, but that’s a digression.)
But did you know the same goes for little kids?
As this excellent article explains, numerous studies have shown that:
- Little girls spend an average of two more hours per week doing chores than little boys do; little boys spend those two hours playing.
- In households where children are financially compensated for doing chores, little girls are paid less than little boys, and traditionally female chores are given lower monetary value than traditionally male chores.
- 75% of little girls are expected to complete housework chores, versus 65% of little boys.
Compounding the issue, as traditionally female chores tend to take place inside home (like folding and dishwashing) whereas traditionally male chores take place outside the home (like mowing the lawn and taking out the trash,) work done by women is often unseen, and consequently undervalued.
Those disparities carry into adulthood all over the world.