Mum’s the word!

A recent study at Harvard Business School (discussed in The Guardian last month) – has shown that the daughters of mothers in employment have better careers, marginally higher pay and more equal relationships compared to those raised by stay-at-home mothers. The study used data from 24 different countries and showed that working mothers’ effect on daughters’ careers was particularly noticeable in the UK and the US. And it is not only girls who benefit from having a working mother – the study also showed that children raised by women in employment have more liberal attitudes towards women in the workplace, and also that sons of working mothers generally take on a greater share of household care roles such as parenting. The results of the study demonstrate the potential for non-traditional gender role models to wear down gender inequality both at home and at work.

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