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Study Finds Children of Working Mothers Benefit Later in Life

Study Finds Children of Working Mothers Benefit Later in Life

New mothers are often left to choose between balancing family and career, or staying home full-time.

The Harvard Business School released research Friday revealing that children of working mothers benefit later on in life when they’re all grown up, reports The Washington Post.

Daughters of working mothers are more likely to hold managerial roles and earn more than women who were raised by full-time, stay-at-home moms.

Interestingly enough, sons of working mothers were found more likely to contribute to housework and focus more time as caretakers when they’re adults. 

The study examined data from some 50,000 respondents in 24 countries who took part in an international survey on gender and attitudes.

Kathleen McGinn, a Harvard Business School teacher who helped author the study, sat down with The Washington Post to discuss whether or not the study would pressure more mothers to enter the workforce. 

What I take from this is kids benefit from being exposed to a wide set of alternatives about what to do with their lives. That could come from your mom working outside the home full-time. It could come from your dad cooking dinner every day," McGinn said. "The benefit of a working mom is about this exposure to nontraditional gender role models. That exposure can come in lots of different ways."

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