Breadwinner

January 19, 2010

Here is an interesting article from today’s Washington Post.  Below are a few excerpts.

A PEW research has opined that women are increasingly better educated than their husbands and have emerged as the dominant income-provider in one of five marriages.

The research, the results of which appear in the Washington Post, shows that men increasingly get a significant economic boost when they tie the knot-improving their household incomes and often pairing up with a partner who has at least as much education as they do.

Compared to 1970, when men usually married women with less education and fewer wives worked, these changes have contributed to a “gender role reversal in the gains from marriage,” the report said.

“What’s radically changed is that marriage now is a better deal for men,” said Richard Fry, co-author of the report, published by the Pew Research Center.

Men are still the major contributors of household income-with 78 percent making at least as much or more than their wives-but the percentage of women whose income has outpaced their husband’s has more than quadrupled, jumping from just 4 percent in 1970 to 22 percent now.

The economic recession has accelerated the trend. The report cited labour statistics showing men lost three-quarters of jobs for prime working-age individuals in 2008. Women have not lost jobs at the same rate and “are shouldering more economic responsibilities for their families than ever before,” said sociologist Kathleen Gerson, author of “The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation Is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America.”

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