Sex Roles

, Volume 63, Issue 11–12, pp 781–785

Equity but not Equality: Commentary on Lachance-Grzela and Bouchard

Feminist Forum


Lachance-Grzela and Bouchard (2010) review the research concerning the division of household labor that has been published between 2000 and 2009, with special emphasis placed on micro-level and macro-level perspectives and on methodological considerations. This commentary suggests that perceived fairness is an important factor that cannot be separated from the impact of division of household labor. Women perform the majority of household labor, yet the majority of both men and women view this unequal division to be fair. In the past, perceived fairness has been linked to both mental and relationship health. Perceived fairness is discussed from a micro-level and macro-level perspective and in terms of methodological considerations using research primarily published within the last decade.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMassachusetts College of Liberal ArtsNorth AdamsUSA

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