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?”