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Children of working moms have a leg up in life

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Good news if you’re a working mom: Your daughter stands a good chance of having a supervisory job when she grows up. Your son, when he is a father, is likely to contribute to the household chores and play a significant role caring for family members.

They’re both likely to earn more as adults than children of stay-at-home moms, according to researchers at the Harvard Business School.

Their recent study—as yet unpublished—found a positive correlation between having a mother who worked outside the home and children’s later employment, supervisory responsibility, earnings, allocation of household work, and care for family members. Harvard professor Kathleen L. McGinn conducted the study, along with Mayra Ruiz Castro and Elizabeth Long Lingo.

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