Worth of dads less than that of moms

Jun 14, 2012, 13:56 IST | ANI

Dads are worth less than moms based on the work they do at home, according to a new study

According to Insure.com’s 2012 Father’s Day Index, a dad’s home front contributions were valued at just over 20,000 dollars, which is nearly one-third of what moms would earn.

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Insure.com’s index assesses the value of dad’s domestic duties based on the hourly compensation individuals receive for performing the same tasks, according to data from Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It turs out that dad’s work around the house would earn him a paycheck of 20,248 dollars for the year, up a mere 103 dollars from last year’s index.

The site assessed mom’s valuation for 2012 at 60,182 dollars.

Insure.com assigned more “fix-it” jobs to dad, and more nurturing jobs to mom in the index.

The site lists dad’s jobs to include barbequing, helping with homework, moving furniture, coaching a team, and performing maintenance around the house.

Meanwhile, mom’s jobs at home included shopping for her family, nursing wounds, giving haircuts, and cleaning up.

However, the way in which home roles corresponded to waged employment does not necessarily correlate.

One of mom’s jobs was finding up what the kids were up to. For this task, she earned 869 dollars annually, which was extrapolated from BLS earnings of private detectives and investigators.

Also, moms and dads performing the same jobs for the same amount of time would earn different wages.

Based on the index, a father would earn 12.03 dollars hourly for driving the kids, which Insure.com estimates he’d perform 9 hours a week for 52 weeks out of the year.

However, a mom performing the same tasks for the same amount of time would earn 13.83 dollars an hour, according to the website.

There were no projections for how much it would cost to hire a babysitter under “jobs” for dad, a task for which mom earned 19,196 dollars annually, nearly all of dad''s salary.

The jobs assigned to men versus women in the indices raises issues of gender-bias, says Brad Harrington, executive director at the Boston College Center for Work and Family.

“I think it stresses people’s stereotypes of men’s roles and women’s roles,” ABC News quoted him as saying.

“Especially without having asked men what they do in their free time, or what they do with the kids when they’re home,” he said.

Harrington said that while gender roles have not disappeared as to who does what in the home and with the kids, it is often assumed that parenting roles have not changed, when in fact, that is not the case. 

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