Opinion

Women work harder than men our anthropological study reveals why

By Yuan Chen and Ruth Mace
Updated May 6 2024 - 12:51pm, first published January 15 2023 - 7:30am
The study of farming and herding groups took place in the Tibetan borderlands in rural China. File picture
The study of farming and herding groups took place in the Tibetan borderlands in rural China. File picture

For most people around the world, physical work takes up a great amount of time and energy every day. But what determines whether it is men or women who are working harder in households? In most hunter-gatherer societies, men are the hunters and women are the gatherers - with men seemingly walking the furthest. But what's the labour breakdown in other societies?

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