Aaron Gouveia has worked as the Content Manager of Salary.com since 2011. Prior to that, he was an award-winning journalist at several prominent New England newspapers. Read more...
"Men need to step up and do more of the caregiving and household chores."
That's been the hue and cry from many academics who refer to womens' "Second Shift," which alludes to the fact that the division of labor between the sexes is unfair toward women. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2011, women spent two more hours a day on household duties compared to men, which means women had less time to work and earn a living. The solution, according to some, is for men to step up and take a more active role at home which would help bridge the pay gap.
There's just one problem -- women are much less apt to support men who seek to be stay-at-home fathers.
While 91% of men we surveyed said they would support their wives' decision to stay-at-home, that number dropped precipitously to 70% of women answering the same. In fact, more than one-quarter of women (26%) said they flat-out refuse to even entertain the notion of working full-time while supporting a husband who stays home and takes care of the kids and house. That's compared to just 8% of men who said they would refuse the request of their spouse to stay at home.