Encouraging Voices: Towards More Creative Methods for Collecting Data on Gender and Household Labour

  • Andrea Doucet
Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)


For more than two decades, authors from many disciplinary perspectives have charted and documented the work and parenting lives of women and men in Europe and North America and have left an indisputable trail of evidence to confirm that, in spite of women’s increasing labour market participation, women continue to take on most of the household’s work.2 Perhaps the most surprisingly consistent finding relates to the limited change that has occurred with regard to household responsibility: women continue to be the managers, planners, organisers and supervisors of housework and childcare-related activities in the home. Indeed, even in Sweden and Denmark with their very favourable and highly praised work-family policies (Melhuish and Moss, 1991), Scandinavian writers have recently pointed to the ‘remarkable’ persistence of gender divisions of labour in care-giving work (Leira, 1990) and to the fact that ‘the responsibility for children still overwhelmingly lies with mothers’ (Borchorst, 1990, p. 176).


Gender Equality Gender Relation Household Labour Household Work Household Task 
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