Dads who do chores bolster daughter’s aspirations


Dads who divide household tasks with their wives tend to have daughters who aspire to well-paid careers according to a new study.

While mothers’ gender and work equality beliefs were factors in predicting kids’ attitudes toward gender, the strongest predictor of daughters’ own professional ambitions was their fathers’ approach to household chores.

Lead author Alyssa Croft from the University of British Columbia’s Department of Psychology: “How fathers treat their domestic duties appears to play a unique gatekeeper role.” The study, to appear in Psychological Science, suggests parents’ domestic actions may speak louder than words. Even when fathers publicly endorsed gender equality, if they retained a traditional division of labour at home, their daughters were more likely to envision themselves in traditionally female-dominant jobs.

Read more: What makes a girl aim high? Don’t let her be Little Miss Perfect.

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