Dads who do chores are more likely to raise daughters who aspire to less traditional and potentially higher-paying careers, a new Canadian study has found.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia found even if fathers publicly endorse gender equality, if they're not doing their share of the housework, their daughters are more likely to envision themselves in traditionally female-dominant jobs, such as nurse, teacher, librarian or stay-at-home mom.
The study involved 326 children between the ages of seven and 13. They were asked about household chores and career choices.
"Girls grow up with broader career goals in households where domestic duties are shared more equitably by parents," lead author Alyssa Croft said in a press release. "How fathers treat their domestic duties appears to play a unique gatekeeper role."
The study will be published in Psychological Science.