Dads Doing Housework has Positive Effect on Daughters' Career Ambitions

Just spotted this from the Association for Psychological Science. In brief, they have carried out some research that says if Dads get very involved in housework and chores within the home, they are more likely to have daughters who will look outside traditional careers for women and go high flying.

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Isn’t that brilliant news! Presumably most men who defy the statistical norm are men who are pro gender equality anyway so I hope that hasn’t skewed the research. But what a huge incentive for all those lovely men to get friendly with the broom. Much more housework is still proportionately done by women, whether they work or not: A study published last summer by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) found that women in Britain still do at least two-thirds of housework, even when they are the main breadwinner. So this is very good news.

Women, stop doing everything at home as you are disadvantaging your daughters! Men, grab that duster! You know it makes sense…

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over 7 years ago
Amen to that!
In our house, my husband does the ironing. ALL the ironing. Sounds very noble, but it actually goes back to one day about 8 years ago when I was particularly frazzled, having come home from work and tidied the kitchen, put a wash on and cooked dinner without taking my coat off. After some unhelpful remark or other I lost it and gave him the option of cooking just one meal a week or doing all the ironing. Forever. He chose the ironing.
Now that we have children our daughter, and sons, see Dad ironing, cooking and cleaning and don't seem to identify household chores as a boy's thing or a girl's thing in the way that they need to categorise everything else. This seems to come from schoolfriends rather than home, where Mum is an ardent rugby fan and Dad always does bathtime. I've been following @LetToysBeToys on Twitter (, and have started gently questioning the children's gender-role assumptions. Our daughter, for instance, has three female relatives who farm, yet announced she couldn't be a farmer because she was a girl...
I don't want to limit any of my children's horizons - I wish other people wouldn't try to do it for them.