Economic Opportunity

2015 Apr 09

It Takes a Family and a Country: Cross-National Effects of Non-Traditional Gender Role Models on Gender Inequalities at Work and Home

11:40am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102

Kathleen L. McGinn, Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration; Chair, Doctoral Programs, Harvard Business School

How does exposure during childhood to non-traditional gender role models—working mothers and female parliamentarians—shape men’s and women’s outcomes at work and at home? Across 25 countries, women, but not men, exposed to non-traditional gender role models during childhood are more likely to be employed, more likely to hold supervisory responsibility if employed, and earn higher wages than women whose mothers were home full time. At home,...

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