What Men Need to Give to Make Gender Equality a Reality: 50 Minutes a Day

By Jenny Anderson | Quartz | June 11, 2019

It’s no secret that women do a lot more unpaid work than men, and that to get to any semblance of gender equality men need to do more.

A new report quantifies how much more: 50 minutes a day. According to the most recent reliable data (2012), women spent four hours and eight minutes per day doing unpaid care work (defined as “general household tasks such as laundry and cleaning, as well as direct care for household members, including children, older adults, people with disabilities, people with special needs, and others”). Men clocked in at two hours and 27 minutes per day. That leaves a gap of one hour and 42 minutes.

So, if men gave 50 minutes of their time, and women took back 50 of theirs, the world we be a lot closer to equal, says State of the World’s Fathers: Unlocking the Power of Men’s Care, a report published by Promundo and Unilever Dove Men+Care.

“We are not merely calling on fathers to make small gestures toward this equality, and this is not about celebrating a few things that men should already be doing,” the report says. “We are after full equality, full stop. We must also change the world around individuals to believe that care matters, that it must be equal, and that it is as important as anything else we do.”

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