Daughters of working moms have more successful careers [study]
Good news, working moms.
That guilty feeling we all get when we drop our kids off at daycare, or see other moms hanging with their kids at coffee shops when we pop out of the office for lunch during the day? It might not be necessary. In fact, a new study suggests that we are, in fact, possibly doing something great for our kids.
CNNMoney reports that the study has found a correlation between daughters of working mothers growing up to be more successful in the workplace than daughters whose moms didn’t work. Sons of working moms, meanwhile, are more likely to contribute to childcare and household chores when they grow up, and all kids of working mom are less likely to stick to traditional roles of male breadwinners and female homemakers.
So, y’know, if women being successful in the workplace and men helping out around the house are the sorts of things that make you happy (they make me happy), hurray!
According to the research, led by Harvard Business School professor Kathleen McGinn, daughters of working moms earn 23% more than daughters of stay-at-home moms in the U.S., while worldwide, women who grew up with a working mom are more likely to be employed, and also more likely to hold supervisory positions than women who grew up with stay-at-home moms.
Also, “children under 14 who were exposed to mothers who worked — either part-time or full-time — for at least a year grow up to hold more egalitarian gender views as adults.”
- “McGinn and her colleagues studied 50,000 people from 24 countries. They used data from two International Social Survey Programme surveys — one in 2002 and one in 2012 — as well as local surveys and found very consistent results … The findings held even after the researchers controlled for cultural discrepancies in different countries.
“Adult men who grew up with working mothers spent 7.5 hours more on childcare per week, the study found. They also spent longer doing households chores. And they are likelier to have wives who are employed as well.”
McGinn said, “This research doesn’t say that children of employed moms are happier or better people and it doesn’t say employed moms are better. What it says is daughters are more likely to be employed and hold supervisory [positions] and sons [to] spend more time in the home.”
As a working mom, I’ll take it.