Why Dads Should Do More Chores (Especially If They Have Daughters)

Good news for stereotype-busters everywhere: fathers who share household duties and chores with their partners are more likely to raise daughters who aspire to a wide range of careers, including ones typically held by men.

The research, which will be published in Psychological Science, suggests that while a mother's attitudes on work and gender roles influence their children's beliefs on those subjects, a father's participation in household duties seems to have a uniquely powerful effect on whether or not his daughters will aspire to a wide range of careers. (It's unclear how this research impacts non-traditional families, but we'd love to know.)

And it's not enough for dads to say they'll do the dishes tonight; they actually have to do the work for the effect to occur. In other words, talk is cheap (looking at you, Hugo Schwyzer), and daughters see right through it.

Here's some more information on the study, which was conducted by the University of British Columbia:

The message is pretty simple: Dads, do some work around the house every once in a while! Your daughters will thank you later.

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