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7 Awesome Advantages Of Having A Working Mum

Global study shows women with working mothers are more likely to get a job and earn more money.

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Working mums can stop feeling so guilty. An international study by Harvard Business School has revealed there are long-term benefits for children whose mothers worked outside the home.

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"There are very few things, that we know of, that have such a clear effect on gender inequality as being raised by a working mother," says researcher Kathleen McGinn.

The study used data from the International Social Survey Programme involving 50,000 people and looked at the effect of changing gender roles in 24 countries. A working mother was defined as a woman who had ever worked outside the home for pay between the time her child was born and before the child turned 14.

These are some of the advantages that daughters of working mothers have over the daughters of full time mothers.


4. Women who had working mums complete more years of formal education.


"We all take from our parents a set of expectations about what it is we're supposed to do," says McGinn.

"By having a diverse set of activities you're involved in as a parent you're opening up the possibilities for your children."

5. Women with working mothers spend the same time looking after their children as women with stay-at-home mums.


"When we segmented just for people who have children at home, we found that women who are raised by a working mom actually spend more time with their kids," professor McGinn says. This includes women who grew up to become working mothers themselves.

6. Men whose mothers had a job are more likely to help out around the house.


They spent 17 minutes more each week on housework. Sharing the work between parents is likely to lead to more stable marriages.

7. Sons of working mothers spend more time looking after their kids.

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The study shows men whose mothers worked spent an additional hour each week caring for family members.

"Sons of working mothers see something really different and that is, everybody has to pitch in here," says professor McGinn.

Researchers say this proves that having both parents contributing at work and in the home is ultimately good for children.

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"There's a lot of parental guilt about having both parents working outside the home," McGinn says.

"But what this research says to us is that not only are you helping your family economically—and helping yourself professionally and emotionally if you have a job you love—but you're also helping your kids."