A new study says that women who contribute more to the household finances, as compared to their husbands or partners, tend to do more housework.
Led by Janeen Baxter and Belinda Hewitt, of the University of Queensland, the study showed that women contributing 70 per cent or more of the weekly income start doing more housework rather than less.
AdvertisementThey put in a little more time cleaning and cooking than a woman who contributes half to the family finances.
The study has shown that as women's earnings increase compared with their husbands', they gain more leverage over who does the housework.
"No one wants to do housework but it has to be done. But as a woman earns more money, it gives her more say over how much domestic work she has to do," Theage.com.au quoted Hewitt, as saying.
However, in few Australian households - about 5 per cent - where women contribute 70 per cent or more to the budget, other sensitivities come into play.
"For these women, doing extra housework is about compensating for their husbands not fulfilling the traditional male breadwinner role," said Hewitt.
The research is based on 1306 married and partnered couples drawn from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey.