From housework and homemaking to gardening and local activities, both women and men do so-called “unpaid work” on top of their paid jobs. But according to Cooking, Caring and Volunteering: Unpaid Work Around the World (OECD 2011), women do more unpaid work than men in every country.
In fact, they work about an hour more than men in Denmark, and up to five hours more in India. On average across OECD countries, women invested some 148 minutes more of their time in unpaid work than men did. The data relate to 2008; it remains to be seen if the crisis, which affected male jobs more than female ones, have affected these gaps. Putting a value on unpaid work is not an easy task, and work is now under way to resolve this, not least to measure changes in personal welfare more accurately. A pdf of this study can be downloaded from this page.