According to Global News, researchers at the University of British Columbia conducted a study that suggests a father figure’s willingness to do chores around the house impacts his young girl’s perception of gender roles in the work environment. In other words, your little girl is watching how you and your spouse split the household chores, and what she observes is building the foundation of how she perceives gender and work.
The study of 326 children between the ages of 7 and 13 found that when fathers took on equal shares of the household’s chores, young girls were more likely to head towards ‘less traditional, higher-paying careers’, such as those in the fields of medicine or science.
If the mothers took on more household work than the fathers’even if both parents worked full-time jobs’young girls were more likely to aspire towards careers that are more traditionally gendered for women: nursing, teaching, or as a stay-at-home mom.
Young boys’ aspirations were not affected in the study. Researchers guessed it may be that boys’ gender roles are less flexible.
Gender equality at home, said lead researcher Alyssa Croft, sets the pace for future career aspirations of young girls.
Read the full story at Global News: Want your daughter to break barriers? Dads should do chores: study