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Fathers who do chores bolster daughters' career aspirations, study says

A father's role around the house can have a big impact on his daughters' career aspirations, a new study says. Fathers who pitch in with chores like cleaning, cooking and laundry are more likely to raise girls who want a less traditional career.
Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL Modified: June 19, 2014 at 7:17 pm •  Published: June 20, 2014
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Dads, do the dishes. A father's role around the house can have a big impact on his daughters' career aspirations, a new study says.

The findings suggest that fathers who pitch in with chores like cleaning, cooking and laundry are more likely to raise daughters who want a less traditional, and possibly higher-paying, career.

“This suggests girls grow up with broader career goals in households where domestic duties are shared more equitably by parents,” study author Alyssa Croft, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Psychology, said in a news release for Psychological Science. “How fathers treat their domestic duties appears to play a unique gatekeeper role.”

The study, which will be published in the journal Psychological Science, gathered data from 326 children between ages 7 and 13 and at least one of their parents. Researchers calculated the division of time and labor for household chores between each subject’s parents and determined the career aspirations of the participants and how they viewed gender roles.

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