Women tend to take a backseat to their husband's job, with many likely to quit when both partners are working long hours, according to an American study.
An analysis of 8,484 professional workers and 17,648 non-professionals from dual-earner families show women, who work 50 hours or more a week, still do most of the housework and care for children.
If women have husbands who work 60 hours or more per week it increases the odds of quitting
a paid job by 42 per cent. Researcher Cha Youngjoo, of Cornell University, says the odds of quitting increase to 51 per cent for professional women. Professional women who are also mothers are more likely to quit their job by 112 per cent. On the other hand, professional men, regardless of whether they are parents, hardly experience any effects by having a wife who works long hours.