Lewis Diuguid

May 30, 2013

Breadwinner roles are changing in many American households

The trend of women being the biggest breadwinner in the family has been growing for decades as more women have entered the work force in increasing numbers. It benefits household incomes but stresses relationships in families with children as people struggle over which adult gets what non-employment duties.

Men over the years have gotten pretty comfortable with women who work and even with women who make more than they do.

Who wouldn’t. It means more income for a two-parent household. A Pew Research Center study found that in more than 40 percent of American households with children two years ago the mom was the biggest, and in some cases, the only breadwinner.

That’s a big change from 1960 when women were the biggest income earner in 11 percent of families with children, the Los Angeles Times reports. Single moms now make up a quarter of all U.S. households with children, the Pew analysis of U.S. census data found.

In addition, many married women with college degrees are in the work force and make more than their husbands. Pew found that women earn more than their spouses in nearly a quarter of U.S. households.

The trend has been growing for decades as more women have entered the work force in increasing numbers. It benefits household incomes but stresses relationships in families with children as people struggle over which adult gets what non-employment duties.

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