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New study: Working moms have more caring sons, more successful daughters

Gender norms are being heavily challenged on a historically unparalleled scale, now it’s commonplace to see socially assumed positions being subverted.

Working moms, say goodbye to your guilt

In a society where gender norms and conventions are being heavily challenged on a historically unparalleled scale, it is unsurprising to see men’s and women’s socially assumed positions being subverted. The delineation between such norms is becoming arbitrary, at best.

And why shouldn’t it? This is the twenty-first century—in lieu of the ray guns and hover boots the seventies promised, the least we can enjoy is some semblance of growing equality. In the spirit of progress, however, it is time to say goodbye to the guilt and blame associated with being a working mother in favor of welcoming such a prestigious accomplishment.

Quartz online magazine recently posted an interesting statistic: the daughters of working mothers are a whopping 4.5% more likely to achieve employment than the daughters of stay-at-home moms. Similarly, a “statistically significant effect” on the sons of employed mothers, wherein they are more likely to be open to domestic work, was discovered. Finally, empirical proof that hard work literally does pay! Despite archaic traditions, such as “man of the house” and “wifely duties”, there is no refuting a hard correlation between hard work and hard-working offspring.


The link between mothers’ working and sons’ susceptibility to domestic work is another intriguing component of the study

It should come as no shock to us that giving equal validity to both genders’ work will facilitate open-mindedness, compassion, and general respect; however, in a culture that perpetuates the image of the domestic wife and the working man, it is incredibly refreshing to see these roles swapped and leveled.

Though many are likely surprised by this study, we really shouldn’t be. A parent, regardless of social status, is always a role model to a child; should that child see said parent working and succeeding, it is logical that there will be a higher chance that they will seek work of a similar ilk. Again, if that same child sees a productive member of society contributing both to the family and to the community, he or she will have a much easier time empathizing with the value of hard work and equal validity of roles.

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Jack Lloyd has a BA in Creative Writing from Forest Grove's Pacific University; he spends his writing days using his degree to pursue semicolons, freelance writing and editing, oxford commas, and enough coffee to kill a bear. His infatuation with rain is matched only by his dry sense of humor.

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