A record 40% of US homes with children relied on mothers as their main or only source of income, a Pew survey found.
What do you think of this? Is it a good trend? I'm trying to think of what all might be involved in this shift: child care, families delaying having children, more options being available for our daughters as they grow up. I am wondering what this shift will mean for society. Once upon a time, it was a big deal for men to be breadwinners, and I remember being taught by my mother growing up (I'm in my mid-40s now so a while ago) that it was important to make sure my future husband was the breadwinner because it would make him feel needed and make it less likely we'd get divorced. I've never believed that, but I think it was a common belief back then and shows how much of a shift there's been within just my lifetime. Will this shift continue?
I've heard that women have a much higher rate of university attendance then men. I have to think that the shift will continue due to that. If women are as a group better educated than men, then as a group they will end up with higher paying jobs in the long run, right? Or am I making assumptions?
Anyway, I thought there was some good potential for discussion here.