With new initiatives, such as extending parental leave to grandparents being launched to allow working mothers to go back to work sooner, the decision of when to go back to work is being made easier.

Now a study published in Harvard Business School’s Review has shown that daughters benefit when their mothers go off to work in the long run

The study found daughters of working mothers are more likely to be employed, work more hours, and earn higher wages than women whose mothers stayed home full time, after examining data from 50,000 people, aged 18 to 60 from 25 developed countries.

In the United States, adult daughters of working mothers earned 23% more than those whose mothers had not worked during their daughters’ childhoods, earning an annual average income of $35,474 compared to $28,894.





Robert joined the HRreview editorial team in October 2015. After graduating from the University of Salford in 2009 with a BA in Politics, Robert has spent several years working in print and online journalism in Manchester and London. In the past he has been part of editorial teams at Flux Magazine, Mondo*Arc Magazine and The Marine Professional.