Women stretched to snapping point
Adele Horin; 4/6/09
The Howard government’s family policies left a legacy of stressed, overworked parents and set gender equity back a decade, a new study shows. Despite their high academic achievements over the decade, women are now less likely than in 1997 to work full-time while their children are young. And when they do, they take on more of the housework and child care. A study by Lyn Craig and Killian Mullan, of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW, shows the ascendancy of the family model promoted by the former prime minister: a father in full-time work and a mother in part-time work, depicted in his speeches as “the policeman and the part-time sales assistant”.