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Wife's Career Hurt By Husband's OT

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Wife's career hurt by husband's OT

Reuters - April 4, 2010

Women might be on a more even footing at work but at home their careers tend to take a back seat to their husband's job with women most likely to quit when both are working long hours, according to a U.S. study.

Researcher Youngjoo Cha, from Cornell University, found that working women with a husband who worked 50 hours or more a week found themselves still doing most of the housework and the care giving and were more likely to end up quitting their job.

An analysis of 8,484 professional workers and 17,648 non-professionals from dual-earner families showed that if women had a husband who worked 60 hours or more per week it increased the woman's odds of quitting her paid job by 42 per cent.

Cha said the odds of quitting increased to 51 per cent for professional women whose husbands work 60 hours or more per week, and for professional mothers the odds they would quit their jobs jumped 112 per cent.

However, it did not significantly affect a man's odds of quitting his job if his wife worked 60 hours or more per week, according to the study published in the American Sociological Review in April.

For professional men the effects of a wife working long hours were negligible, according to the study called Reinforcing Separate Spheres: The Effect of Spousal Overwork on Men's and Women's Employment in Dual-Earner Households.

"As long work-hours introduce conflict between work and family into many dualearner families, couples often resolve conflict in ways that prioritize husbands' careers," Cha, who used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, said.
"The ... prevalence of overwork may lead many dualearner couples to return to a separate spheres arrangement -- breadwinning men and homemaking women."

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Apr 3, 2005
How feminist controlled media twist headlines.Can,t they simply write that women prefer to quit job if husband do overtime
Aug 6, 2006
Thats normally the mutually taken decision. The person working more is contributing more towards the house.Yes the heading does not seem fair unless wives are forced to leave their career behind, which is not the case in majority of the cases.