Poll: Breadwinning Moms Rarely Top Earners By Choice

Only 29 percent of working moms said they wanted the role

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Women may be the top earners in more U.S. households than ever before, but what does that mean for their happiness? A new poll conducted by Working Mother Media has found that a majority of women are ambivalent about their role as the breadwinner of the family.

The researchers found that only 29% of mothers said they wanted the role of primary breadwinner and 71% said they fell into the role by circumstance.

The report says, not surprisingly, that mothers who actively chose to be the top earner of the family were more satisfied than those who did not.

The study surveyed 2,000 working mothers and fathers and, experts say, reflects how many modern women are torn between the responsibilities of raising a family and having a career.

3 comments
joey.dubya17
joey.dubya17

My husband promised me he'd be making a lot of money so I could just work part time and have children, but that did not happen.  He has a ton of diseases and cannot work anymore, so of course I ended up as the breadwinner.  That really bothers me a lot and I should totally divorce him and leave our son so he can care for him.  If I knew that he won't be working, I wouldn't even bother marrying him nor having a son with him. So, this video is totally spot on; the ones who did not choose to be the primary breadwinner are miserable. 

Homeimps
Homeimps

This just goes to show how many women these days still expect to get married and have children and then be supported by their husbands. Young women need to get real and understand that this doesn't necessarily happen. Apparently there are 71% of women who do not have aspirations to have a career or at least a profitable job; That is a high percentage in a country where opportunities have increased dramatically for women, and is a discouraging indication of how few women as yet want to take advantage of those opportunities. It doesn't surprise me that a lot of the dissatisfaction stems from the fact that the breadwinning moms' husbands tend not to share equally in the running of the household; just as young women have expectations of being cared for financially, there are at least as many men who have expectations of being cared for physically upon getting married. 


As always, this makes a good case for both young women and men establishing clear expectations before the wedding day, and particularly before the first child arrives. Perhaps if that were more common, the divorce rate would decrease dramatically and along with it the number of broken families with dysfunctional offspring.


Leah.Faith
Leah.Faith

I don't know if the word "rarely" is used appropriately. 29% of women is actually a lot. If I got in an accident 29% of the time I drove my car, we would not say I rarely get in accidents. If I got an E on 29% of my calculus tests, I would not conclude that I rarely got a failing grade. Using the word "rarely" is just silly.