Fathers’ sexism may curb daughters’ work ambitions, research suggests from Stephanie Pappas in Huff Post Science.
The researchers aren’t sure why boys didn’t respond in the same way as girls to their fathers’ attitudes. It’s possible that boys just don’t see enough variation in stereotypically masculine behavior, or that their own behavior doesn’t waver from stereotypes enough to register statistically, Schmader said.
Nor is it entirely clear why dads seem to hold so much sway over their daughters’ gendered behaviors and aspirations while moms aren’t as influential. The reason could be that dads still are seen as having a higher status in the household, so girls weigh their opinions more heavily, Schmader told LiveScience. It’s also possible that girls see dad as a sort of role model for the type of partner they may end up with one day.
Note the sampling limitations with this study, but interesting none the less and it reminds me of this interview with Lily King I talked about here, and this idea that the way our fathers treat us, as daughters, is the way we expect the world to treat us.