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Too Tired for Equality

A recent study conducted under the name ‘Women in Portugal’ confirms that it will take at least fifty  years before Portuguese men and women share equal household chores.  In a statement, the study’s coordinators, Laura Sagnier and Alex Morell, opined that if Portuguese men continue to contribute to the household chores or ‘unpaid work’ in their current manner it will take at least five to six generations before there is equality in domestic chores or unpaid work.  The findings stated that the majority of men say they are ‘too tired’ to help in the home or look after children.

The study group of 2,428 women aged between 18 – 64 showed that they spent an average of 6.12 hours a day looking after the house and family, compared to the average daily work day of 7.18 hours.  The situation was further impacted when women worked and then spent at least 50% of their time at home either completing domestic chores and looking after their family.

Furthermore, the study showed that although men reluctantly helped around the house, they expected their spouses/partners to take a more active role in paying the bills, even though on average women were the lower wage earner.

On dividing the women into several categories, they found that 18% of women felt that they had everything under control, 23% were exhausted, resigned or struggling while 47% of women said that they were happy, with most mentioning that friends, children and grandchildren were contributory factors to their happiness.  (∗The remaining 12% are unaccounted for).

Alarmingly, 47% of women said that they stopped studying after they had finished their basic schooling, while 84% of this figure added that their daughters were better educated than they were.

The study also looked into the working lives of women in Portugal, finding that 51% said that they were unhappy in the work that they did, 44% said that the work they did fell well below their expectations.  It was also discovered that a majority of women earn less than €900 a month, many had no job security and worked more than  hours a week. (∗The remaining 5% is unaccounted for)

The study’s findings were presented in Lisbon earlier this month.


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