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Dads Who Wash the Dishes Raise More Aspirational Daughters

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New research finds that daughters of men who help out at home tend to select from a broader range of career options than the daughters of families in which chores are not equitably shared

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.

The study, to be published in the journal Psychological Science, found that fathers who perform household chores are more likely to bring up daughters who break out of the mold of traditionally female jobs and aspire to careers in business, legal and other professions, CTV reports.

Alyssa Croft, lead author of the study, and a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia, said the study suggested “girls grow up with broader career goals in households where domestic duties are shared more equitably by parents.”

The study involved a survey of 326 children, between 7 and 13 years old, and at least one of their parents.

[CTV]

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