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Leisure Time Inequality

May 22, 2009

From the Economist, an interesting graphic showing that men in eighteen measured countries enjoy more leisure time each day than women. In Italy, for example, men have almost eighty minutes more to themselves than women.

Despite changing attitudes and even laws to promote equality between the sexes, it appears that women still have their work cut out. Men enjoy more leisure time than women in every one of 18 countries examined by the OECD. Italian men have it easiest in comparison with women, lazing around for nearly 80 minutes more each than women who, apparently, clean the house. Other staunch Catholic countries also see big gaps between the sexes, and even in egalitarian Norway men manage to sneak an extra four minutes more to themselves.

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