A New Day? Income Numbers

From Dennis Cauchon:

She’s a soldier. He’s a stay-at-home dad.

She works at a booming software company. He’s starting a graphic design business.

She’s a business executive and electrical engineer. He’s quit many jobs to move for her career advancements.

These are real-life examples of how changing gender roles and an evolving economy have reshaped American society in barely a generation — from an Ozzie and Harriet nation found in the classic 1950s sitcom to one in which Harriet is increasingly the breadwinner while Ozzie stays home with the kids.

A USA TODAY analysis of Census Bureau data reveals a revolution in the traditional roles of men and women that extends from college campuses to the workplace to the neighborhoods across this nation. Today, when one spouse works full-time and the other stays home, it’s the wife who is the sole breadwinner in a record 23% of families, the analysis finds. When the Census started tracking this in 1976, the number was 6%.

Just as telling, wives outearn their husbands 28% of the time when both work, up from 16% 25 years ago. This means the wife is bringing home the bacon — or at least more bacon than her husband — in more than 12 million American families.

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  • My wife has always made more than me. I am not that concerned. My work is at home and flexible which allowed me to be the nanny for my 2 nieces for 5 years and now will be a stay at home dad. I am all for the cultural movement (and an example of it.)

  • SFG

    A portion of the evangelically world view stay at homes dads as “worse than unbelievers” and should be disciplined by the church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WPVxndUcHQ

  • I really don’t think that Driscoll is worth getting all that worked up about. If you want you can find someone that believes and advocates for just about anything. If we spend all of our time out policing people there is no time to change the diapers. 🙂

  • JoeyS

    Scot, do you think this trend has any correlation to Roger Olson’s piece about boys being discriminated against in education?