A recent published survey on health data accumulated over 40 years on 5,100 American women (they were aged 30-44 when the survey began so most are now comfortably into retirement age) concluded that women who regularly worked in paying jobs during the first 20 years of the survey had fewer physical health limitations and symptoms of depression as they aged over the next 16 years than women who didn’t work for pay during that time, including housewives.
This health benefit from a paying job even held true to an extent for women who didn’t like their jobs; such women had worse health than women who liked their jobs but even the unhappy-at-work women did better overall than women who were not working for pay (as a pretty full-time house-husband, I can attest, of course, to the fact that housework is hard work, but unfortunately it doesn’t pay, at least not in money).
Just as important, perhaps, the working-for-pay women also had more than 25 percent lower risk of having died during the study.
As the lead researcher put it, ” “. . . women’s health is benefitted by being employed, regardless of their economic situation and even if they don’t always have the best working experiences”.
So as a caring husband, I have told my wife that I am not at all against the idea – in fact, I insist on it – of her working for as long as she can stand.
And as long as she brings home the pay, of course.
World would be way better with more husbands like me, right?