Patt Morrison For March 20, 2012

The richer sex at work and at home

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Oprah Winfrey with Gayle King (L) and Stedman Graham (C) attend the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 7, 2011 in Sun Valley, Idaho.The conference has been hosted annually by the investment firm Allen & Company each July since 1983. The conference is typically attended by many of the world's most powerful media executives.

How should a blue-collar husband and father react when his college-educated wife begins making twice his salary? This is a question that many couples will have to answer as women are increasingly becoming household breadwinners. Almost 40 percent of working wives make more than their husbands and now a new Harvard study tells us that women rate higher in workplace leadership roles than their male counterparts. While there still is a wage gap between the sexes with women earning about 82 percent of what men earn, there are more working moms and more stay-at-home dads than ever before.


What happens when women become the breadwinners in terms of the socioeconomic and psychological impact on working men and women? What do these monumental shifts at work and at home tell us about the future of marriage, household division of labor and gender roles?


Kerstin Aumann, Senior Research Associate, Families and Work Institute

Jack Zenger, CEO, Zenger-Folkman, a leadership consulting firm; author of the study “Are Women Better Leaders than Men?”

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