The Best News Working Moms Will Hear All Week (Maybe Even All Year)

posted: 05/19/15
by: Blythe Copeland
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Working moms can set a good example.

Good news for children with moms who work: A new study shows surprising advantages for both sons and daughters, with one researcher calling it "as close to a silver bullet as you can find in terms of helping reduce gender inequalities, both in the workplace and at home."

The survey looked at 50,000 adults around the world and found that women raised by working mothers were more educated, more likely to be supervisors, and made more money, while employed adult sons still picked up more household responsibilities than men raised by moms who didn't work.

According to the New York Times Upshot blog, "Some of these effects were strong in the United States. Here, daughters of working mothers earned 23 percent more than daughters of stay-at-home mothers, after controlling for demographic factors, and sons spend seven and a half more hours a week on child care and 25 more minutes on housework."

The study is one more in a long line of research showing no negative association between working moms and the well-being of their kids--which should put some mom guilt to rest, says Kathleen McGinn, one of the study's authors: "Part of this working mother's guilt as been, 'Oh, my kids are going to be so much better off if I stay home,' but what we're finding in adult outcomes is kids will be so much better off if women spend some time at work." Phew!

And for all you stay-at-home moms out there, don't worry, giving your child responsibilities around the house can help build the same qualities.