University Of Arizona Study: Women's Decisions Affected By Gender Roles

By Elly Lundberg
Published: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 5:05am
Updated: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 8:48am

A research team at the University of Arizona recently found that when young women believe men’s roles in society as caregivers are rapidly increasing, they are more likely to imagine themselves as the primary breadwinner of their future families.

Alyssa Croft is the study’s author and an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. In the study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Croft said that how women imagine their future roles could potentially impact their educational and career decisions early on.

“Since, you know, the time of World War II, and then the Feminists Movement and things like that have really propelled change for women, but the extent to which men's roles are changing just isn’t quite matching that for women’s roles so there’s this asymmetry," Croft said.

Croft said she plans to further her research by studying if men who are more open to child care are more attractive to women who want a family but also want to have a successful career.

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