Female Perspective on Rise in percentage in women earning more than men

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Rise in the percentage of families where the woman earns more than the man and the rise in female headed families. Is this change a good thing or a bad thing, in your opinion?

I personally feel that this change is a good thing, but there are some obstacles that everyone has to face with this change. Being that I am a female, I am all for women making more money than men. I personally hope that one day whenever I am married that I am the person that brings in the most income. However, as pointed out in the article women making more than men typically does cause marital issues and can sometimes lead to divorce. Also pointed out in the article though, people who I am going to assume are our age now, are becoming more accepting of women earning more. I don’t see the problem with the change for the simple fact that everyone enjoys money and this is a chance for women to increase their profits and provide in ways that they have never been able to before.

I completely agree with you and I think most women today would too. I also agree that it could lead to divorce, but some men want to make sure that there is enough money being brought into the household to support them and their children. For example, there are some men that have made decisions in their past that has caused them to not be able to make as much money that they are capable of; so by having the women make more money than the man, this could potentially be better for the family.

Overall, I agree with your post and I think a lot of us women think alike when it comes to money. Especially nowadays.


I like to see that your point of view is coming from your experience being a female and I can not relate but your judgment is sincere and practical. Your topic about women making more than men may cause marital issues is interesting because I thought the opposite. I think it would be better if my spouse made more so we could enjoy our earnings together instead of fighting about it cause males who fight about their spouses making more obviously have ego issues. Everyone does enjoy money it is a motive and the way we afford to eat and live so I could not agree more that everyone wants more of it.

According to the article, women are making their way up as the breadwinners for their families. “Four in 10 American households with children under age 18 now include a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family…” (U.S. Women on the Rise as Family Breadwinner). I was raised this way and am still being taught through my parents that women need to be independent. I have seen this change through the women in my family. My grandmother had it bad growing up because she was always relying on a man to provide and take care of her, but when he was gone she then realized that you can never fully rely on anyone. My mother learned from that and she is one of the strongest independent women I know and I am thankful that I was able to learn that from her. My mother was a stay at home mom when me and my siblings were younger but when we got older she went back to school and is now a nurse and her and my father together are making more than enough money to provide for me and my sisters. I think that this change is a good thing because it defies traditional beliefs saying that the male is the head of the household and these traditions are becoming outdated and obsolete in the time we live in. According to Pew, “As of 2011, there were more married-couple families with children in which the wife was more educated than the husband” (U.S. Women on the Rise as Family Breadwinner). These statistics show that now in 2017, women could have just as much power and I think that this is a good step forward for women in general. I believe that having motivation to be successful and being able to support yourself and your children is important no matter the gender. For both genders these days, it has become necessary to get an education to keep a job and it is hard to find a job that supports you if you don’t have one. I think that this also raises motivation for women to want to be successful. Seeing the change in society for example, women having children at young ages and finding out that most of the young men don’t stay around shows that women need to be independent and prepared for anything. Now that more women are becoming the breadwinners for their families more women will start to see that change and begin to realize that they don’t need someone to take care of them; and they won’t rush to find someone just to fill that need.

I agree with you that women should be taught to be independent. The divorce rate in the U.S. is now at 40- 50 % and the divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher, according to the author of a textbook that I current studying for a psychology class (Bzorklund, 2015). Women do not need to be left financially bereft in case of a divorce, especially if there are children. Generally, mothers get custody of children in a divorce so she needs to be able to make enough money for her family even though she may still need additional income from the father to support them. She may not want to remarry for an extended time, or she may choose to stay unmarried and raise her children alone. Being able to be independent with her own income and comfortable with “going it alone” gives her those choices.


Bzorklund, B.R. 2015. Work and Retirement. In 8th Ed. The Journey of Adulthood (pp.220-223) New Jersey: Pearson.