Second shift

Study shows children benefit from having working moms

Michal Czerwonka/The New York Times

Good news for new mothers who feel guilty about going back to work. A new study by researchers at Harvard Business School and Mount Holyoke College finds that women whose mothers worked outside the home are more likely to have jobs, supervise others at work, and earn better pay than women whose mothers were full-time, stay-at-home moms. The survey included 13,326 women and 18,152 men from 24 developed nations.

The amount of time these mothers spent at their jobs or what kind of roles they were employed in wasn’t factored in — only whether they exposed their children to a role model who worked both inside and outside the home.

“There’s a lot of parental guilt about having both parents working outside the home,” researcher Kathleen L. McGinn told Working Knowledge. “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.”

Read the full story at Working Knowledge.

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