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7 reasons why having daughters is great


The cultures of the world have not always been kind to females, but it turns out there’s scientific evidence out there that those little ladies (or womyn, if you prefer), can do a parent good.

Anna North at Buzzfeed found seven studies that will soon have you thinking pink is far more than threatening the lives of future dates and having those awkward Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret talks.

1. Daughters make men more generous.

A recent study found that when a male CEO has a daughter, especially if she’s his first child, the salaries of his employees tend to go up. And female employees benefit the most — their wages go up 1.1%, compared to 0.6% for men. Not enough to close the wage gap, but significant nonetheless.

2. They make parents more likely to favor gender equality.

In 2009, researchers found that people with daughters were more likely than others to support policies meant to increase gender equality, and that “people who parent only daughters are more likely to hold feminist views.” The effect was especially strong for dads.

Full story at Buzzfeed.

Thank heaven for little girls.

Photo credit: Annie Colbert

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