A new survey has revealed that just over 10 percent of husbands help their wives in housework though the number of men who are 'house husbands' has increased by more than three times over the last 15 years.
The survey was carried out by the think tank, IPPR, as part of a report that looked into how 50 years of feminism has changed a woman's lifestyle. The researchers found that the social idea of 'bread winner' and a 'home maker' continues to persist in majority of the households with just over 13 percent of married men helping out their wives in household works such as ironing and laundry.
Over 62,000 men are economically inactive and perform the part of a 'home maker' taking care of their homes and family, a number that has trebled over the last 15 years. However just over 3 percent of the women polled revealed that they did less than three hours a week on household chores with nearly half (45 percent) stating that they worked for at least 13 hours every week.
"While feminism has delivered for some professional women, other women have been left behind. Many of the advances for women at the top have masked inequality at the bottom. Too often, squeezed family finances force families to choose a traditional 'male breadwinner' family type because the impact of the 'motherhood penalty' too often leads to mum giving up work or taking a pay cut to work part-time", IPPR's associate director, Dalia Ben-Galim said.