Dads Who Wash the Dishes Raise More Aspirational Daughters

Posted on June 12, 2014

Dads who want their daughters to aim for prestigious professions should start by doing the dishes or loading the washing machine, a new study suggests.

And while a mother's views on equality is a key factor in influencing children's attitudes towards gender roles, researchers found that it was the father's approach to household chores that was the strongest predictor of career ambitions.

"This suggests girls grow up with broader career goals in households where domestic duties are shared more equitably by parents," said Alyssa Croft, lead author of the study and PhD candidate at UBC, in a statement. "How fathers treat their domestic duties appears to play a unique gatekeeper role."

Croft also found that when fathers endorsed gender equality but didn't perform household chores, their daughters were more likely to envision themselves in stereotypical female jobs such as nursing, teaching, or becoming a stay-at-home-mom.

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