Despite the onslaught of propaganda telling young girls otherwise, a recent research paper distilling data from over 30 European countries concluded that mothers find homemaking preferable to working full-time.
Doc. PhDr. Dana Hamplová, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Institute of Sociology, ASCR, and a current representative of the Czech Republic in the International Social Science Program, authored the paper. Addressing Betty Friedan's narrative in the book The Feminine Mystique, which claims that women are happiest and most fulfilled at work, Hamplová "explores the link between employment and subjective well-being among mothers with children under 3 years of age," reads the paper's abstract.
"Analyzing multiple measures of subjective well-being, the paper shows that homemakers are generally happier than full-time workers," the scientist found.
"Contrary to our expectations, homemaking was positively associated with happiness particularly among mothers who left higher quality employment for childcare. Though some variation across countries exists, it is not linked to the provision of formal childcare, duration of parental leave, or tax system," Hamplová explains.
The data showed "[n]o significant differences between homemakers and part-time workers."
Overall, Hamplová found Friedan's take on women to be incorrect, according to the wide-ranging data she analyzed.
"Thus, similarly to several other studies, the ESS [European Social Survey] data do not corroborate Betty Friedan's idea that domesticity and housekeeping leaves women unhappy and unsatisfied," she writes. "As all 12 measures of happiness/satisfaction point to the same direction, the conclusion that mothers with younger children tend to be better off if they are not engaged in paid employment seems to be robust."
Another hit to the feminist narrative.