I did some micro-research, using a matrix of four women, all of whom were in full time work at the same place. One married/partnered childless, one single childless, one married/partnered with children and one single with child/children. I was not able to choose the number of children. It was one or two and YES I know it makes a difference.
It was established by my research that partnered women without children spent a smaller amount of their day doing the unpaid work tasks....housework, childcare, shopping, cooking etc as expected. But those with partners and children did very much more than those without. Indicating clearly that women do more than their share of such tasks even when there are more people around to help out. In most cases it seemed from interview that, the "other people" in the household thought it was the woman's job! Some sort of birthright!!!
Here is a really good example of how well the new male gets away without joining in the unpaid work at our place. Fortunately the other two members of the household share all the jobs very well.
A day or so ago a woman in Sainsbury's called out that cakes were half price....so I bought the one on the left for £4.50. I hadn't had a chance to make one so I was glad to get it. Today Maureen, cake baker from up the road, turned up with the splendid cake on the right. "Thankyou" she said. I carried some shopping home for her once. FABULOUS cake. Lovely neighbours. Xmas at home will be good.
Cheers to you all