Breadwinner Woes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 25 percent of working wives currently earn more than their working husbands. And if you count working women married to jobless men, the rate jumps to around 30 percent.

Women with that kind of earning power can make some people uncomfortable - namely, the man and woman in the relationship. We asked He and She:

Does it matter who makes the most money?

He Says:

Stock photo for article.I think it's refreshing. And it's a relief to be able to share the breadwinning responsibilities, and with it, the pressure to support your family. But I think it's true that some guys might be too traditional-minded and competitive to be totally cool with their wives suddenly bringing home a bigger paycheck. But consider this idea: In human's earliest days, women farmed and gathered food, while the men hunted for it. That meant that women were bringing home at least half, or even more, of the family's economic value. So we're not breaking new ground here.

She Says:

Stock photo for article.It sure sounds good, doesn't it? But I think women might actually struggle with this more than their husbands. Guilt, for starters, and maybe pity for emasculating their men. But I think the major issue is that, regardless of income, the wife tends to be the primary housekeeper. When her husband should be pitching in more, in keeping with his smaller financial contribution, and isn't, the wife is going to be resentful that she has to do it all - bring home the bacon and do the washing up after dinner.

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