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Men with stay at home wives resist gender equality

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  
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Men who are married to women who stay at home are more likely to resist gender equality in the workplace, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard, New York University and University of Utah.

These men and those whose wives work part time tend to have an unfavorable view about women in the workplace, think workplaces run less smoothly with more women, view workplaces with female leaders as less desirable and consider female candidates for promotion to be less qualified than comparable male colleagues, according to a Harvard Business Review report on "Marriage Structure and Resistance to the Gender Revolution.”

What’s more, men who resist women's career advancement were "more likely to populate the upper echelons of organizations and thus, occupy more powerful positions,” according to the researchers who conducted four studies with 718 married, male participants.

"Marriage structures play an important role in economic life beyond the four walls of the house,” they concluded.

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