April 10, 2009
Posted: 06:06 AM ET
ERIN ANDERSSEN and HEATHER SCOFFIELD/Globe & Mail
As male jobs are slashed, women are becoming the breadwinners while men hold down the fort at home
Canadian men had better get used to doing more cooking and cleaning, because the women are bringing home the bacon now.
While the recession, dubbed the he-cession, continues to slash male jobs – more than 27,000 of them in March alone – it has mostly spared women, whose unemployment rate has hardly budged.
That's meant a domestic rearrangement for many Canadian households, as newly stuck-at-home husbands kiss their working wives goodbye each morning.
“It's great to come home and smell dinner,” says Julie Renaud, 33, whose husband, Ryan, was laid off from the Ford plant in Windsor about a year ago and has now taken over most of the household chores – except, she laughs, loud enough so he can hear – scrubbing the toilet.
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