Moms Are Now the Primary Parent to Bring Home the Bacon
In 1960, 11 percent of mothers were the primary breadwinners in households with children. Over the last five decades that number has increased exponentially and now a full 40 percent of women fall into that category.
That may be encouraging to some people, proving that women really can have it all, but it isn’t encouraging to me. I prefer those halcyon days of having one occupation rather than two full time jobs plus some. I hate working a ten (or more) hour day and then cooking, cleaning, helping with homework, oh— and fitting sleep in there, too. I’ll just say that I prefer being the Suzy Homemaker type.
Still, life has a way of overlooking your preferences.
The experts who study these things believe the change is irreversible, even though over 80 percent of Americans polled say that the trend is a good thing.
It’s harder to raise children when both parents work. Things like doctor’s appointments, illnesses, and even daily care become way more complicated then they should. Think about the 1960s mom coming downstairs in the morning, fixing a robust breakfast for the family before waving them off to school and work, and then having several uninterrupted hours to make beds, vacuum, do laundry and run errands before she began the mouthwatering dinner that the family sat down to when they all came home.
I think it was an important job. There was space to relax built right in.
Anyway, whether it is due to the economy, the decrease in jobs that had been traditionally male dominated (like construction), or because women are more focused on their careers than they used to be, 30 percent of married women are making more than their husbands, the highest number ever.
My husband was forced to retire due to layoffs and the economy. I don’t make more than him, usually (my income varies a lot), but we do bring in similar amounts. Do you make more, a similar amount, or less than your husband?
source: CBS News