Women are primary breadwinners in 40% of U.S. households

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womenWASHINGTON DC – It’s a sign of the times. According to the Pew Research Center, more U.S. women are pulling out the stops, holding down jobs and bringing home the bacon. 40% of households with children in America are supported financially by women. That’s up from 11% in 1960. And it’s a trend not likely to stop.

“More women are educated and getting professional careers, waiting to have children and families and waiting on getting married,” explains Houstonian Kristen Sachtleven.

While it’s likely that the numbers have been skewed by the recent recession and the need for more stay-at-home-moms to pick up the bricks and find jobs to help support the household, there’s little doubt that shifts in public attitude toward working mother’s has affected the trend, resulting in nearly 14 million American households in which women are the primary breadwinners.

“I like a woman who’s out there going for it in her career or whatever she’s doing,” says Bob Hosko.

The bad news is that while the numbers of working women has increased, so has the number of divorces. In 63% of homes in which the woman is the primary breadwinner, it’s because she’s also the only breadwinner. Whether that’s because more women are choosing to go it alone, or because more men have difficulty being out-earned by their spouse isn’t clear. But with a new pill set to hit the shelves in a few years touted as “female Viagra” and guaranteed to increase female libido, one thing is: the work place may not be the only place we’ll see women taking charge.

Men, get ready.