Benefits and Compensation

Study: Daughters Benefit in Their Careers from Having a Working Mother

Contrary to conventional wisdom, growing up with a working mother is unlikely to harm children socially and economically when they become adults, according to new research by a Harvard Business School.

In the United States, adult daughters of working mothers earned 23 percent more than those whose mothers had not worked during their daughters’ childhoods, earning an annual average income of $35,474 compared to $28,894. Over 33 percent held supervisory positions, compared to roughly 25 percent of their counterparts from more traditional households.

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