Published: 2017-09-10 18:26
Last Updated: 2017-09-11 00:25
If you’re a working mother who feels guilty about not spending enough time with her children, hold that thought!
A paper published by Harvard in June says that working mothers affect the lives of their children positively, while claiming that the daughters of working women are more likely to be employed, hold supervisory positions and earn more money than those with unemployed mothers.
Researches also found a significant effect on sons whose mothers work, saying that these sons are likely to spend more time caring for the family and doing house chores.
Researchers concluded that the daughters of employed mothers are 4.5% more likely to be employed than daughters of stay-at-home mothers.
The number might seem small, however, it is statistically significant at the 99% level, which means there is less than a 1% chance that such result is due to chance.
The conclusions are based on national-level analyzed data, as well as survey data collected across 24 different countries.
Even after accounting for gender attitudes, researchers found that 33% of daughters of working mothers held supervisory roles, compared to 25% of daughters whose mothers stayed at home, according to Kathleen McGinn, a professor at Harvard Business School and the lead author of the study.
McGinn sends a message to working mothers saying that being employed has long-lasting, positive effects on children.
“When you go to work, you are helping your children understand that there are lots of opportunities for them,” McGinn said.