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Dads Who Do Dishes Raise More Ambitious Daughters


Dads Who Do Dishes Raise More Ambitious Daughters


If you ever needed ammo in the war to get your spouse helping out more around the house, share this new study published in Psychological Science, “The Second Shift Reflected in the Second Generation: Do Parents’ Gender Roles at Home Predict Children’s Aspirations?”

In the May 2014 study, recently previewed in the New York Magazine story “Dads Who Do Dishes Raise More Ambitious Daughters,” researchers from the University of British Columbia found that it was a partnership approach to domestic chores that had a greater impact on the future aspirations of children — especially daughters — more so than their parents’ encouragement and expressed beliefs about gender equality in the workplace.

“Data from 326 children aged 7 to 13 revealed that mothers’ explicit gender role beliefs about domestic roles predicted those same beliefs held by their children. Importantly, when fathers enacted or espoused a more egalitarian distribution of household labor, their daughters in particular expressed a greater interest in working outside the home and having a less stereotypic occupation. Fathers’ implicit gender role associations also uniquely predicted daughters’ (but not sons’) occupational preferences. Findings suggest that a more balanced division of household labor among parents might promote greater workforce equality in future generations.”

To read the 35-page study in full, visit the Association of Psychological Science.

Learn more about Bentley’s PreparedU Project, which examines challenges facing millennial workers, the companies that employ them and the colleges and universities that prepare them.


I was brought up in a household where my Dad did the dishes, cooked and did laundry. And so did my Mom. There was no specific "gender-role" in my house. Both my brother and I were taught that we are both equal and that a woman should have her own independence and be able to stand on her own two feet. My Dad passed away 2 years ago this past January and I miss him everyday but I am thankful for the legacy he has left..."be a strong woman that can play just as tough as the men, but will always be a lady".

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