Forget saving for college or paying for private schools. If dads want to help their daughters achieve success, all they need to do is the laundry.
Fathers who share the household workload with their partners are more likely to have daughters with high-paying careers, according to new research published in Psychological Science.
The study found that daughters whose dads shared housework saw themselves in less-traditional roles as adults.
This suggests girls grow up with broader career goals in households where domestic duties are shared more equitably by parents, says psychology researcher and study author Alyssa Croft.
The study involved 326 girls age 7 to 13 and found that, while mothers help predict a child s attitude toward gender, fathers had the strongest influences over their daughters ambitions.
If girls saw their mothers doing the majority of household chores, girls said they saw themselves in traditional female roles such as teachers, nurses and stay-at-home moms.
Despite our best efforts to create workplace equality, women remain severely under-represented in leadership and management positions, said Croft. This study is important because it suggests that achieving gender equality at home may be one way to inspire young women to set their sights on careers from which they have traditionally been excluded.