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Maureen Perry-Jenkins

In: Gender, Families, and Close Relationships: Feminist Research Journeys

Chapter 8: The Family Division of Labor: All Work is Not Created Equal

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The Family Division of Labor: All Work is Not Created Equal
The family division of labor: All work is not created equal
MaureenPerry-Jenkins

Becoming a feminist researcher has been and continues to be a process, as opposed to a single event, that changed my way of thinking. I do recall, however, a moment early in my graduate career when it first became obvious to me that basic underlying assumptions held by a researcher color not only the questions that are asked but also the answers that are uncovered. I was reading a chapter on the division of labor in Robert Blood's (1962) classic book Marriage. In his discussion about the impact of wife's employment on marital satisfaction, I came upon the following quotation:

Wives with light housekeeping responsibilities ...

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