Remember when that misogynist Fox News contributor said all women should be at home with the kids? Well, a Harvard study just showed that kids whose moms work turn out just fine.
According to Mic.com, a Harvard Business School working paper discovered that employed moms are more likely to raise daughters who are successful in the workplace and sons who are more caring. That’s compared with children who have stay-at-home mothers.
The study used data from 24 countries and the timeline dated back to 2002.
Researchers found that daughters of working moms not only had a greater chance of being employed but they also were more likely to hold a supervisory position and make more money than women raised by stay-at-home moms. Women raised by working mothers were also likely to work longer hours and do less housework.
When it comes to the sons of working mothers, they’re more likely to care for their families and help perform chores around the house.
As far as shared traits, both men and women raised by a working mom had a more positive attitude on gender equality than children with mothers who were home full-time.
Of course, there are definitely advantages for children of stay-at-home moms, too, and a lot of their kids share those traits mentioned above. With the Internet making it so easy to work from home, there’s also now a lot more overlap between being a stay-at-home mom and a working mother.
But this study does clear up any worries professional moms have about how children are impacted by the time they spend away from them to work. It turns out, there are a lot of positives.
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