The healthy work limit for women is 34 hours per week in contrast to 47 hours per week for men, according to new research by the Australian National University, because of the time women spend on domestic and other care duties.
Most women, however, with full time positions work well over 34 hours per week, reports Sammi Taylor.
“New study has revealed what women already knew: Our health is being compromised by long-working hours combined with unpaid domestic duties,” says Taylor.
Men have an advantage in the labor market because long work hours erode a person’s mental and physical health, leaving them less time to eat well or care for themselves properly.
Data from 2016 shows that women do an average of 4.5 hours of unpaid work every day, like cooking and cleaning. Men contribute less than half that.
That’s called time-inequality. Add that to income-inequality, and you can see where women still bear the brunt of the “modern” economy around the world.