-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daughters may be more
likely to have ambitious career goals if their fathers help with
the dishes, laundry and other housework, a new study suggests.
"Despite our best efforts to create workplace equality, women remain severely underrepresented in leadership and management positions," study author Alyssa Croft, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of British Columbia's department of psychology, said in a journal news release. "This study is important because it suggests that achieving gender equality at home may be one way to inspire young women to set their sights on careers from which they have traditionally been excluded."
The study included 326 children, aged 7 to 13, and at least one
of their parents. Both children and parents were more likely to
link women with household chores and child care, and girls were
much more likely than boys to say they want to be like adults who
take care of children rather than adults with a career.
However, the researchers also found that the strongest predictor
of daughters wanting to go into less traditional, potentially
higher-paying careers was having fathers who helped with the
housework, according to the study released online recently in the
Even if fathers said they were in favor of gender equality but
did not help out with household chores, their daughters were more
likely to think about traditionally female positions such as
stay-at-home mother, teacher, librarian or nurse.
"This suggests girls grow up with broader career goals in households where domestic duties are shared more equitably by parents," said Croft. "How fathers treat their domestic duties appears to play a unique gatekeeper role."
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