“Who carries a heavier load? Women or men?”
The short movie produced for the “Itsumo-Arigato-Project (Thank-You-Always Project),” by Kao Corporation in Japan, begins with this question. Many may assume that it’s the stronger of the two sexes: the men. Yes, perhaps on a family outing, it’s more likely that dad carries the larger load, the larger grocery bag, or a child in his arms. But what about on a normal day, like a Monday or a Tuesday?
A survey of 100 men and women on the streets of Tokyo revealed that women carried loads that weighed on average 7.2kg, twice as heavy as the loads carried by men walking around the city on a regular weekday. 18% of the women interviewed carried loads over 15kg.