Research has found that having a daughter significantly impacts how CEOs run their companies.
In particular, CEOs with daughters are more likely to offer childcare, let employees work flexible hours and have a more diverse workforce.
If the main decision maker has a female child, the company is also generally nicer to employees - and this effect is even greater if the daughter is the CEO's first-born child.
For example, Microsoft's founder Bill Gates has two daughters and a son.
The Washington-based firm runs a scheme called Microsoft Corporate Citizenship that invests in human rights, diversity, funds computer science programs and runs employee benefit schemes.
总部位于华盛顿州的微软公司一直在实行微软企业公民计划(Microsoft Corporate Citizenship)。这项计划投资人权建设和人类多样性建设，资助计算机科学研究项目，还管理员工福利体系。
To study the impact of a child's gender on a chief executive's policies, Professor Henrik Cronqvist from the University of Miami and Associate Professor Frank Yu, from China Europe International Business School studied the decisions made by almost 400 CEOs.
Almost 4 percent of these executives were women, and between them the group had a total of 1,000 children.
'Previous research has shown that there's some element of truth to the tale told in the filmDespicable Me, where the villain is transformed from being 'super bad' to 'super dad' after he has to father three little girls,' explained the researchers.
'We already know that judges with daughters tend to vote more liberally. So too are congressmen with daughters, especially when it comes to reproductive rights issues.
'This is the first time, though, that the effect on the behaviour of chief executives of large US corporations has been examined.'
The most significant impact spotted in the results was to do with corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues related to diversity.
Previous research has shown that CSR issues cover childcare, flexible working, redundancies, and sharing profits with employees.
It also covers how women, minorities and/or the disabled are treated.此外，还包括女性、少数民族和(或)残疾人的待遇问题。
'We found that, in general, these groups tend to fare better at firms with chief executives who have daughters,' the researchers continued. '
Interestingly enough, having a son doesn't have the same results mentioned above and firms that change from a chief executive who has a daughter to one who doesn't see a noticeable fall-off in these types of CSR-related initiatives.'