01 December 2011

Stas Canada: Change in paid and unpaid work over generations

I love when Statistics Canada releases their Canadian Social Trends stats.

The first one I glanced through was the changes over the generations of unpaid and paid work.

The one part that sticks out to me is that men, finally as a whole, are doing more unpaid labor.  I really do believe this is a step in the right direction.  However, what always sticks out to me, and I got reamed by a feminist marker in one of classes for pointing this out in a paper, is that overall, men do do more work, and there is never credit given there.  Now, I am not downplaying the value of the work that woman do. Not at all.  But there is never a hint of, "oh look, men work on average 30 minutes more a day."

For example, here is the chart:

  • Late Baby-Boomers
    • Men: 5.0 + 0.7 = 5.7
    • Women: 3.6 + 1.9 = 5.5
    • Difference, 0.2 hrs more for men
  • Generation X
    • Men: 5.3 + 0.9 = 6.2
    • Women: 4.0 + 1.8 = 5.8
    • Difference, 0.4 hrs more for men
  • Generation Y
    • Men: 4.6 + 1.0 = 5.6
    • Women: 3.5 + 1.4 = 4.9
    • Difference, 0.7 hrs more for men
From the late Baby-Boomers to Gen Y we have an almost doubling of more average work per-day being done by men.

Now, I do realize this is a grand generalization over all 20-29 year old's. Of course it doesn't take into account: marital status, education, children, and so on.  For a more detailed look at those kind of numbers.  This is the average number of hours spent in paid labor, and this is the average number of hours spent in unpaid labor.