When dads pitch in, daughters notice.
Dads who share the cleaning duties at home are doing more than just pulling their weight. According to the study “The Second Shift Reflected in the Second Generation: Do Parents’ Gender Roles at Home Predict Children’s Aspirations?”, dads who do housework are actually more likely to raise an ambitious daughter.
Girls who saw their dads step out of traditional gender roles felt empowered to do the same. According to the authors, girls were more likely to picture themselves working outside the home when their dads held more egalitarian views when it came to housework.
In addition to that, “results suggest that when fathers espouse and enact a more equal distribution of domestic work, their daughters more easily envision balancing work with family and having a less gender-stereotypic career.”
Dads who help out more and are less likely to associate women with housework did more than just set a good example for their daughters, it seems. They inspired them to believe that they’d be capable of balancing a career and a family. Not only that, they reported feeling free to explore careers outside of those deemed “traditionally female,” and felt empowered to explore a wider range of career paths.
So it seems that when dads help out, daughters really do take notice.
To learn more, view the studies for yourself:
“The Second Shift Reflected in the Second Generation: Do Parents’ Gender Roles at Home Predict Children’s Aspirations?”