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Women Did Three Times as Much Child Care as Men During Pandemic

A global study found that, on average, women spent 173 additional hours doing unpaid labor caring for kids last year. 

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Child care demands at home skyrocketed during the pandemic, but men and women did not split the burden equally. 

Globally, women took on 173 additional hours of unpaid child care last year, compared to 59 additional hours for men, a study released Friday by the Center for Global Development, a poverty non-profit, found. The gap widened in low- and middle-income countries, where women cared for children for more than three times as many hours as men did.