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Wives earning more than husbands in 28 percent of all U.S. households

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
March 27th, 2013
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The traditional view of the American where both husband and wife work is that the husband is the chief breadwinner with the wife usually holding a part-time job "to help out." This doesn't hold true for 28 percent of all U.S, households, where the Census Bureau has found that wives now out-earn their husbands. In spite of this, women still face a significant inequality in the workplace, advocates say.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As soon as just 25 years ago, wives earned more than husbands in only 12 percent of dual-income households. This no longer holds true as a record number of married American women are now earning more money than their husbands.

In homes where both spouses work, 28 percent of wives now bring home more bacon than their husbands. IN an illustration of another trend, wives are now the sole breadwinners in 23 percent of households, up from six percent in 1976.

IN spite of this, outmoded and outdated attitudes towards working women remain. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," has reignited debate over the challenges that women face as they ascend the corporate ladder, some say other data show how elusive a level playing field remains.

"Gender inequality maintains a tenacious grip on the American workplace," a new study by the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions at the University of California, San Diego concludes. "Post-recession, men continue to be more likely than women to retain the lion's share of power. This holds true even within the professions requiring the most education, where some might imagine the potential for parity would be greatest."

Women continue to trail men in the highest levels of their chosen fields.

"In science and engineering, women make up only 21 percent of scientists and engineers employed in business and industry," the study states.

"In science-related university departments, women hold 36 percent of adjunct and temporary faculty positions, but only 28 percent of tenure-track and 16 percent of full professor positions. In the medical profession, women are only 34 percent of physicians, while they are 91 percent of registered nurses. In law firms, although women make up 45 percent of associates, they are only 15 percent of equity partners."

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