Female doctors do more chores than male doctors
Female doctors spend more time than male doctors parenting and doing household chores says a study recently published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Furthermore, researchers believe that this could be the reason why female doctors often do not have as much success in their careers as their male counterparts.
Author of the study, Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan Health System, released a statement: “One might expect that within a highly educated Generation X population there would be a relatively even distribution of domestic labor. But what we found was that there still seems to be a difference in the expectations at home for men and women, even for those with very busy jobs, even today.”
The study involved included 1,055 subjects—male doctors and female doctors—who’d recently received awards for career development from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. They all filled out surveys regarding their time allotment and familial responsibilities.
The research revealed that married male doctors were nearly four times more likely to have a stay-at-home spouse or one who only worked part-time than female doctors who were married. Married male doctors who had children are reported to work seven hours more and spend 12 hour less with children and chores every week than married female doctors who have children.
Jagsi said: “It’s possible some of these differences are explained by the ability of male physicians to still support the traditional breadwinner model of a family. The vast majority of women in our sample were married to full-time working spouses, whereas a majority of the men had part-time or non-working spouses.”
Making allowances for other factors such as the employment status of spouses, the results indicated that married female doctors who have children spend 8.5 more hours on domestic duties and parenting than their male equals. Jagsi feels that “(t)his may also reflect the impact of some very subtle unconscious expectations we all have, and these have been resistant to change.”
He concluded: “Medicine needs to be a profession in which both men and women can succeed and an environment in which women can be successful role models. We are seeing a growing appreciation of the need to facilitate work-life balance for both men and women, but it is important to recognize how this continues to challenge women more than men in our society.”
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