I haven’t read the article yet, but a former colleague did send over a snippet for me:
“TIME cover, “The Richer $ex: Women are overtaking men as America’s breadwinners. Why that’s good for everyone,” by Liza Mundy (Adapted from the forthcoming book, “The Richer Sex: How the new majority of female breadwinners is transforming sex, love, and family,” by Liza Mundy, to be published Tuesday by Simon & Schuster; edited by Priscilla Painton): “[B]y the next generation, more families will be supported by women than by men. Not since women entered the workforce by the millions after World War II has America witnessed economic change on this scale. … In 2009, … nearly 4 in 10 working wives out-earned their husbands … The impact will be felt everywhere, from the classroom to the boardroom to the bedroom, in how men and women work, play, shop, vote, save and share and court …
“[S]ome academics and women’s-rights advocates talk about a stalled revolution and warn that a premature declaration of victory will reduce pressure on workplaces to improve pay and working conditions. … Married women … go to great lengths to praise their stay-at-home husbands … A wife talks about her husband’s blog as if it were a book project. Heavy meals and showy cooking are gratefully received and complimented, even as many women secretly long for a simple meal of steamed vegetables. Time with kids, the coaching, the homework help is exalted. The message: The ability to generate income is not the only measure of value.”
First of all, can someone teach me to make an origami woman out of money? Second of all, this is incredible. I’m very excited to read the full article, and especially to read about the varying viewpoints. With more women completing undergraduate, masters degrees and PhDs, I’m not too surprised that the “flip” in breadwinning is coming. More and more in the city, I see men outside pushing strollers (ever so proudly might I add) during the day, and I sometimes wonder and ask myself whether they are stay-at-home dad’s, on paternity leave, taking a day off of work, or do they just work from home? Who knows, but it makes me smile when I see that father pushing the stroller with his chest puffed out, smile on his face, and looking around to see how many people are watching him with his pride and joy. I think the author is right, and if a couple can find a perfect balance between bread and baby, no matter the sex, then that’s better for everyone.