Do working women go straight from the binder to the home kitchen?

Props to The Salt (and FK book clubber Deborah Harris who sent me the link on our Facebook group page) for adequately tackling Mitt Romney’s comment from last week’s debate about working women needing flexible hours so they could go home to make dinner.

The Salt, NPR’s excellent food blog, pulled some statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics about how much more time working women spend cooking (and cleaning up after) dinner than their male counterparts.

On an average weekday, working women spent more than twice as long (35 minutes) as working men (15 minutes) whipping up meals and cleaning up afterwards, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey.

That dynamic still holds true if you focus only on married couples with kids. On a typical day, mothers who worked full time spent, on average, about 48 minutes on food prep and cleanup, compared to a little over 19 minutes spent per day by fathers who worked full time. (That’s according to unpublished data from 2007 through 2011 that BLS provided to The Salt.)

The final presidential debate is tonight. I was pleased to see them discuss a number of women’s issues last week, and because tonight’s debate is supposed to be about foreign policy, I doubt the topic will come up again, but I’ll be watching just in case.

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