Today’s daily email from Little PINK Book was quite interesting to me, as the author of The Richer Sex points out that women, specifically wives, are making more money than their husbands. I started to think of the many conversations I have engaged in with women and men who share their opinions on how this may effect the marriage itself, and the responses were usually the same…unfortunately, it’s problematic.
This is quite disturbing to me, as, in the current economic climate, whomever can “bring home the bacon” should be looked upon as a team player for the good of the family as a whole, as opposed to the husband seeing this a source of failure, defeat or lack of manhood in being a provider. There is also a rise in ladies leading small businesses and companies, which should be commendable. Also, in some marriages, the income shift is seasonal, because there are instances when the wife will work to help the husband receive an education that will lead to opportunities for higher income, and in return, after him securing a great career, the wife may choose to become a stay at home mom, housewife or work with charities of her choice (both of which are still jobs); and vice versa. It’s all about coming together as a team to reach unified goals, in my opinion.
I’m quite traditional in many ways, so I feel that as long as a lady is submitted to her husband in the biblical sense, and is sensitive to the nature of her man by not flaunting her ability to contribute the family, then it would seem that there should be no real challenge. But I’m not a man. So, what does it really mean to just be able to pay a bill or contribute to the disposable income?
- Women as the breadwinners: Turning the traditional model of gender roles in marriage on its head (news.nationalpost.com)
- The richer sex (macleans.ca)
- The richer sex: Female workers ‘set to earn more than men in EVERY profession’ within 25 years (dailymail.co.uk)