Gendered Division of Labor Essay

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Sociological studies in contemporary society often analyze common behaviors and actions that existed over centuries. We look at gendered societies where we see the two most categorized groups in gender, men and women. There are several topics that are analyzed in gendered interactions. Part of gendered interactions focus on ideas seen through division of labor, marriage, and child care. In this paper, I will be comparing these gendered situations in four different countries: Korea, France, United States, and Denmark. Some of the variance in income, labor status, and the division of labor is gender based. On average, mothers participate less in the labor market than fathers, where they assume the share of unpaid work in the household. Women also tend to be less well paid than men when they do work, and they occupy jobs with lower job security, fewer prospects of advancement, and less responsibility. Often, these inequalities spill over into a gender gap in other areas. The data in Table 1 shows two panels. The first panel is the average time spent per week for partnered mothers and fathers, regardless if employed, not employed, or unemployed, in three different categories: paid work, housework, and child care. Immediately, I see that partnered mothers spend more time per week at home doing housework and child care than partnered fathers. However, the partnered fathers happen to spend a majority of time per week at work than at home. I also notice how Korean and American fathers spend housework and child care equally, while French and Danish fathers spend about double the time per week on housework than child care. Now focusing on the differences between the four countries, there is a similar pattern present when comparing the weekly times partnered fathers spend each of the three categories in all four countries. When looking at partnered mothers, there is a

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