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Race and Family, How Spouses Divide Housework

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • May 12, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 1:41:56

Finding Booker Wright Guest: Yvette Johnson, author of “The Song and the Silence” In 1966, a man named Booker Wright went on national television and told the world what it was like to be Black in the segregated south. He looked straight into the camera and explained how it felt to be mistreated by the White customers at the restaurant where he worked. With that television appearance, Booker Wright became an unwitting icon for the Civil Rights movement. There would be devastating consequences for him and his descendants. In 2012, Booker’s granddaughter Yvette Johnson co-produced a documentary about him and about her quest to learn his story. Johnson has now written a memoir about that discovery. It wasn’t until about 10 years ago she knew anything about her grandfather, the racially-divided place he came from, and the impact he had on race relations nationwide.  Who Washes the Dishes? How Spouses Divide Guest: Jean Kimmel, PhD, Professor of Economics, Western Michigan University; Renata Forste, PhD, Professor of Sociology, BYU Who does the dishes in your house? As more women have entered the workforce in recent decades, they’ve come to spend less time on housework, but men have not picked up all the slack. Women still do the lion’s share of housework – even in this day when we’ve supposedly moved beyond antiquated ideas of men’s work and women’s work.  Why the gender gap persists in housework is our topic this hour – just in time for Mother’s Day.