Girls who watched their dads do the dishes or fold the laundry typically aspire to find higher paying jobs in typically male-dominated careers.
The Association of Psychological Science noted that while mothers who upheld gender and work equality beliefs played a large role in their daughter's professional ambitions, it was Dad whose participation in the household duties inspired them to be ambitious.
"How fathers treat their domestic duties appears to play a unique gatekeeper role," study author Alyssa Croft commented in an interview with psychologicalscience.org.
Girls participating in the study were questioned on a number of things, including what they wanted to be when they grew up. Those whose parents shared the household chores tended to choose careers traditionally dominated by men including the police officers, scientists and doctors.
On the otherhand, girls of fathers who did not share the chores with their partners tended to choose professions traditionally reserved for women, including nursing, teaching or being a stay-at-home mom.
When it comes to encouraging daughters to break through the gender barrier Croft believes that the study demonstrates that "showing is better than telling".