In the fam­ily

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More than a quar­ter of women are the bread­win­ners in their fam­i­lies these days, but ex­pec­ta­tions for what their home life will be like may be hold­ing some back. A study in the Per­son­al­ity and So­cial Psy­chol­ogy Bul­letin of 645 straight women saw some primed with in­for­ma­tion on how the divi­sion of house­work was be­com­ing more equal, while oth­ers heard that men weren’t tak­ing on in­volved roles at home. They were then asked their ex­pec­ta­tions for their fu­ture in­come, the like­li­hood of be­ing the pri­mary provider or pri­mary care­giver, and how much time they ex­pected to spend on work- and home-re­lated tasks. Rather de­press­ingly, when women heard their fu­ture part­ners were likely to be un­in­volved at home, their per­sonal ca­reer ex­pec­ta­tions plum­meted.

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