Childcare keeps women away from top jobs

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London, Dec 6 (UNI) Domestic duties prevent women from pursuing top jobs, a study reveals.

A Europe-wide study reveals entrenched lifestyle divide by finding that women were working in lower paid and lower status jobs than their male counterparts because they still shoulder the responsibility for housework and childcare.

The Cambridge University study found that women who take on the burden of domestic duties are caught in a vicious circle as they are then less able to work the long hours needed to win top jobs.

They then earn less and are reinforced as responsible for household tasks.

The divide also leaves women with a longer working day, despite earning less, according to the study.

The survey of 30,000 people across the EU highlights the segregation that leaves women earning less and struggling to break into senior management roles, the Guardian reported.

The report's lead author Brendan Burchell said,''The working lifestyle of most people in Europe still seem to be determined by gender. The best way to break the circle would be to reduce gender inequality in employment and the household together.'' UNI

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