Chores and Equal Pay

When it comes to allowance for chores around the home, are you setting your daughters up to expect less pay for equal work?

Three surveys suggest boys are better rewarded for doing chores at home than girls are. Girls typically do two more hours’ worth of chores than boys do, yet boys are 15 percent more likely to get paid for doing their chores, according to a study from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. The same research showed that boys spend twice as much time playing as girls do. A separate new survey, from Junior Achievement USA and the Allstate Foundation, found that 70 percent of boys get an allowance, compared to only 60 percent of girls. And a study from Westpac found that boys earned an average of $48 for spending 2.1 hours on chores per week, while girls only got $45 for working for 2.7 hours on household jobs.

An article about this last week in Time magazine pointed out that in every one of the nearly 600 occupations listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, except seven, women earned less than men. It also noted that even when factors like taking time off or working part-time were considered, a Government Accountability Office analysis found that women still earn around 80 percent of men’s wages.

According to the article, “This chore pay gap also demonstrates to girls that household work doesn’t count as work that should be rewarded. It’s no wonder then that when they grow up, women spend more than twice as much time on unpaid work (like childcare and household chores) as men do each week, while men find more time to relax.”

Do you give your sons and daughters the same allowance for the same chores?

Do you give your sons and daughters the same allowance for the same chores?