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Science Proves It: Working Moms Are More Productive Than Anyone Else

Science Proves It: Working Moms Are More Productive Than Anyone Else

If you didn't realize moms are superhuman, now you know: according to a new study from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, mothers are more productive than their childless peers at every stage of life, and moms with two or more kids in tow are the most productive of all.

To measure job performance, male researchers tracked the research published by more than 10,000 academic economists over the course of their 30-year careers. Since it's hard to measure the number of successful surgeries performed by a doc or the number of cases taken on by a lawyer, they chose highly-educated academics for the study since their work can be easily searched and quantified. (If you remember how frequently all your college professors discussed the articles they were working on back in the day, this method makes so. Much. Sense.)

In Guy land, men with one or no kids were found to perform at about the same level, while men with two kids got a boost in productivity. But the effect was even greater for the ladies: Within the first five years of their careers, women who don’t have children substantially under perform women who do — and women with two kids fare the best of all. However, women did see a drop in productivity while taking care of young children — 15 to 17 percent, to be exact. However, moms more than make up for that lost productivity before they become mothers and after their kids grow.

Now, for the (almost always-present) caveats: The women studies are well-educated and gainfully-employed with probable access to paid maternity leave, plenty of sick days, nannies and the works. Obviously, not the case for every mother, which is why these results may not translate to every group of women. We also might be seeing a bit of "survivor bias" here, where the type of women to take on the burden of multiple kids are also the type of women to excel as academic economists — but doesn't change the fact that these moms killed it on the job with the right resources.

But how can being responsible for the lives and welfare of multiple kids make you up your game at the office, too? (Don't moms tire??) Think about it. As you may have experienced yourself, there’s something to be said for drowning in your to-do list that makes you rise to the occasion and kick butt. Whereas, when you have a light day with few obligations? Netflix marathon it is. We bet that some of that phenomenon is taking effect here.

In other words, yes. No matter the exact reasoning, this study proves it: moms are superhuman.

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