Love or money?
Historically, a question posed only about women marrying male breadwinners.
But now, this same question applies to men, as well.
Because, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40% of American women are now the breadwinners of the family. And this, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, creates a new strain of marital tension between “an alpha woman and a beta man.”
According to the Center for American Progress, income level has a lot to do with it. Their April 2012 findings reveal that 34% of wives in families earning incomes which fall within the top 20% are breadwinners. Conversely, 70% of wives in families earning incomes which fall within the bottom 20% are breadwinners.
Says The Wall Street Journal, “Roughly half of wives are the breadwinners in middle-income families.” As well, WSJ reports that “a recent poll of 400 female breadwinners conducted by the women’s financial media site DailyWorth.com [shows] only 22% of wives without children felt a negative impact on their marriages. But it was a different story for women with children—36% felt their higher earnings had a negative effect.”
Who’s the breadwinner in your family?
How do you feel about this modern day gender role reversal?
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