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More women picking up power toolsPosted on 21/12/2012

More women picking up power tools

More women than ever before are picking up power tools and taking up DIY in the home, new research has suggested.

This is especially the case in the US and is now considered a growing trend. It comes on the back of research from the National Association of Realtors that revealed last year that there are twice as many single female house buyers than their male counterparts.

One such women reflective of this changing demographic is Leslie Rowen, who at 63 might have come late to DIY, but is nevertheless making a significant contribution to the shape of her home.

She told the Independent that her husband likes to watch TV and isn't so inclined as to pick up a hammer or screwdriver. So, she and her daughter are taking over, she says, adding: "We can do it."

"Fixing things around the house was the last bastion of manliness," Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men told the newspaper.

"But now, even that is getting taken away. As women become more economically independent, they are starting to fix things around the house for themselves."

It was reported in the news earlier this year that more women in the UK were taking up DIY by enrolling in focused classes to boost their skill set in this area.

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