Men still have it easy the world over, enjoying more leisure time than women. So says an OECD study reported in The Economist.
The chart shows how many minutes of extra leisure time men have over women per day. It would be interesting to know how much of this extra time women resent. Do women choose to work more because their preferences systematically differ from men’s? Clearly they choose, in some sense, to work more hours than men do, but what motivates that and are women unhappy about it? If women want to work more hours then who are we to stop them?
I struggle with that question: if women prefer to work more and do household chores because of their upbringing then encouraging them to share the workload may not be welfare increasing. Yet it certainly furthers the right of women to be considered as equals in society. One might say that this trade-off depends on how much we value the right to be treated equally, but a rights-based approach seems inconsistent with a utilitarian framework. Can someone more knowledgable on moral philosophy help me out here?