Canada cannot dust off gender roles in home

February 20, 2020


Canadian couples still divide most household chores along traditional lines – even though women and men, overall, share more home duties more than ever, a new Statistics Canada study of opposite-sex couples shows.

It’s an age-old division of labour unlikely to shift much until parents routinely expect their daughters to mow the lawn and their sons to do laundry, Western Sociology professor Michael Haan says.

“The seeds of gender roles are planted way before people are married,” said Haan, Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Studies and Academic Director of the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at Western.

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