August 2, 2017


Men still prefer mothers to stay at home: 12 charts on attitudes to work and family

Emil Jeyaratnam, The Conversation and Jenni Henderson, The Conversation

The Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey is Australia’s only nationally representative household longitudinal study, following the same individuals and households since 2001.

This infographic shows how our family and work life has changed over 16 years and how this is reflected in our attitudes today.


This piece is part of a series on the recent release of HILDA survey data.

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  • i wonder how many answers are just biased vs ideals. if you are in a situation you might lie and say that this is what you want vs ideally wanting to be a stay at home mum or whatever.


  • In some cases very little is gained financially by the Mum working.
    By the time you take into consideration the cost of childcare, mininum cost of transport to and from childcare plus work you gain very little. Then there is the extra clothes or uniform, in most cases more expensive shoes. At least your child is given snacks and a cooked lunch during the day though.
    If your child has to go to Out of School Hours Care. It is supervision for activities. Regardless of the length the child is there the fee is the same.
    If you have more than one child you then have 2 lots of fees. 2 children would probably eradicate one wage.


  • I find it quite a personal choice. If a mother wants to stay home, I hope that she will be able to do that. But I know it’s not always possible!


  • I’m amazed this wasn’t splashed all over the TV just like the affordability of housings was by the same group.


  • Who cares what men want. Its up to women to decide for themselves and make it happen. Why are women even still suggesting we need to ask permission to go to work? Just go.


  • I don’t think there are many surprises here.


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