Are ‘breadwinner wives’ ready to relinquish control at home?

As one in five women earn more than their partner, we ask does the growing number of ‘breadwinner wives’ have implications for the traditional family unit?

Not so long ago it would have been unthinkable, but one woman in five now earns more than her husband or boyfriend.

Could this soon become the norm? Is the idea that men see themselves as breadwinners collapsing?

Figures revealed over the weekend from a government commissioned report into economic inequality published by the National Equality Panel, highlight the extraordinary social shift in Britain, three decades after Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister.

At the end of the 1960s, just four per cent of women aged 16 to 60 earned more than their partner. Latest figures show the number of ‘breadwinner wives’ has rocketed to 19 per cent, equal to around 2.7 million women.

The impressive earning power of today’s women means that a growing number of men give up work when they become fathers. Official figures, from the Office for National Statistics, show the number of men who do not work because they are looking after their children has rocketed by 80 per cent in just 15 years.

And as more and more men jump off the career ladder, are women ready to relinquish control at home and leave their husbands to pick up the domestic slack?

Are you the main earner in your family? Or are you happy fulfilling the traditional role of stay-at-home mum? Let us know your thoughts below…


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