Does mother tongue make for women ’ s work ? Linguistics , household labor , and gender identity

@inproceedings{Hicksa2015DoesMT,
  title={Does mother tongue make for women ’ s work ? Linguistics , household labor , and gender identity},
  author={Daniel L. Hicksa and Estefania Santacreu-Vasutb and Amir Shohamc},
  year={2015}
}
  • Daniel L. Hicksa, Estefania Santacreu-Vasutb, Amir Shohamc
  • Published 2015
This paper studies the formation and persistence of gender identity in a sample of U.S. immigrants. We show that gender roles are acquired early in life, and once established, persist regardless of how long an individual has lived in the U.S. We use a novel approach relying on linguistic variation and document that households with individuals whose native language emphasizes gender in its grammatical structure are significantly more likely to allocate household tasks on the basis of sex and to… CONTINUE READING

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