This paper studies how male and female same-sex couples across countries organize their paid and household labor. Using unique data compiled from multiple national surveys in 7 western countries (N = 723), we examined same-sex couples’ paid and household task allocation and evaluate descriptively how this is associated with countries’ gender egalitarianism. For paid labor, results indicate that female same-sex couples spend less time in total on paid employment than male same-sex couples, but both male and female same-sex couples divide their hours of paid employment equally. For household labor, we find that female couples divide their household tasks more equally than male couples. Moreover, more gender egalitarian countries appear to be correlated to increasing differences between male and female same-sex couples’ total time spent on the labor market and to decreasing differences in how equal they divide their household labor. These findings suggest that larger, society-wide, gender regimes might be an important avenue for future research when studying same-sex couples paid and unpaid labor.
Maaike van der Vleuten, PhD, started in October as a postdoctoral fellow at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University as part of the GENPARENT project. She obtained her PhD at the department of Sociology at Utrecht University and continued as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Radboud University at the department of Sociology. Both in which she was part of the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology.