Dads More Willing than Moms to Scale Back at Work for the Family’s Benefit

posted: 05/12/15
by: Blythe Copeland
Dads more willing to sacrifice jobs for family
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Dads may be able to make changes without hurting their careers.
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Are men more willing than women to make career sacrifices for their families? Conventional wisdom might indicate it's women who would be -- with maternity leave and other motherly obligations jockeying for priority -- but a recent study suggests otherwise. The study found that higher percentages of dads than moms said they would change or scale back their career if it were best for their family. Among the findings of how parents would prioritize their work versus family:

  • 67 percent of men and 57 percent of women would change jobs
  • 60 percent of men and 52 percent of women would change careers
  • 57 percent of men and 49 percent of women would decline a promotion
  • 46 percent of men and 38 percent of women would move closer to their family

According to the Huffington Post, the difference may stem from the idea that dads have "less to lose...A man who steps off the fast track may be more confident he will be able to get back on." But the factor not addressed here is a big one: If "best for the family" means the parent who earns more continues working, then the continuing wage gap means most men can say they would give up their job without ever having to prove it.