According to a new study conducted by Dr. Joan Costa-Font of the London School of Economics, fathers who have school-aged daughters tend to be less sexist. The findings indicate that men “become more aware of the challenges facing women when they see the female experience of life up close through their offspring – something dubbed the ‘mighty girl’ effect.” The research team surveyed more than 5,000 men and more than 6,300 women who had a child under the age of 21 living with them, and tracked their levels of agreement with statements regarding gender roles. The results revealed that men with daughters were more likely to disagree with attitudes that claimed a husband’s job is to earn money and a wife’s job is to look after the home.
For Further Reading
Take a look at more of Costa-Font’s research on gender norms here.
How do you think a female presence in a man’s life impacts his views on feminist issues?
Start a conversation with a male relative or friend about feminism and gender roles, and see what you can learn from each other.