US Women Now Make as Much or More Than Men in Half of Marriages

New research on gender roles and earning capacity shows that despite the persistent wage gap, more women than ever are the primary income earners in their families. This research goes on to report the highest annual income in households where the spouses earn similar amounts. Again, it appears as though the progress in women’s earning capacity is key to strong household income.

The statistics are poignant and visually stunning. Take a look at the graph called “Women Gain Economic Influence” to see the decline in households with husband primary or sole breadwinner vs. those that are egalitarian (spouses earning similar incomes) and households with a female primary or sole breadwinner. And, by the way, the starting point of the yellow line on the far left (Wife primary or sole breadwinner in 1972)…that’s my mom!

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