Study: Men Work Hard, Too

By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2007 1:33 PM CDT
Men at Work sign.   ((c) General Wesc)

(Newser) – Men and women work about the same number of hours—if you count labor at home as well as on the job, a new study claims. Despite the popular wisdom that women do more heavy lifting, a broad survey of 25 countries, spanning the economic spectrum,  found that both sexes toil about 7.9 hours a day, Slate reports.

If the averages seem low, it's because they include weekend hours and stay-at-home parents. In wealthy countries, the sexes have parity, though there are a few countries—Italy and France—where women exert themselves more. And in poor countries, women do shoulder more of the burden—the poorer they are the harder they work. (Read more women stories.)