Breadwinning Moms not Pleased with their Status

Society still convinced men should earn more money than women.

It might come as no shock that 72 percent of breadwinning fathers believe American society still remains more comfortable with men as the primary earners, even post-recession. What might be shocking is that 74 percent of breadwinning mothers agree.

As a result, breadwinning dads are more pleased by their status than their female peers. That’s according to a recent survey of 2,000 working moms and dads by Working Mother Media.

What’s also interesting is not all breadwinning moms became their families’ primary earner on purpose. Only about 29 percent became the leading provider by choice, and 21 percent of breadwinning moms would prefer their partner be the primary earner.

Other highlights of the survey include:

  • The majority of breadwinning moms who made a conscious decision with their partners to be the main earner in the family reported that they are more ambitious than their husbands (87 percent), more dedicated to their careers (75 percent), or more likely to be promoted (85 percent).
  • Moms are less satisfied than dads with how at-home tasks are divided by a 16-percentage-point margin (60 percent vs. 76 percent).
  • Both men and women report a relatively high satisfaction level with their relationship with their partner: 80 percent for the dads vs. 72 percent for the moms.
  • Only 2 percent of dads would prefer their partner be the primary earner.

But there is a bright side to this story. Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media says, “Modern financial realities make the increase in breadwinning moms a win/win phenomenon for families as long as it meshes with their expectations of career, marriage and motherhood.”

Many of the experts at Consolidated Credit can empathize with the challenges women face as breadwinners.

“It’s tough for women who have taken on the role of being the primary income earner,” says Gary Herman, President of Consolidated Credit, “especially if it means making the choice of taking a secondary role in raising children. Both men and women should have the freedom to choose what jobs they want to do, and when they want to do them.”

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