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28 Percent of Women Earn More Than Husband or Partner

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Within couples, 28 percent of women earn more than their husband or partner. That’s a dramatic increase from 12 percent in 1980, 19 percent in 1990, and 23 percent in 2000.[1]

The Pew Research Center reports that men today earn more in 69 percent of couples. That’s down from 87 percent in 1980.[1]

Seventy-one percent of Americans believe that, for a man to be a good husband or partner, the ability to provide for a family is very important. Only 32 percent say that the same is true for a woman to be a good wife or partner.

According to the Pew Center, "Adults with lower incomes and less education are more likely to place a high value on a spouse or partner’s ability to provide for a family – whether that spouse is a man or a woman."

Footnotes:

  1. Pew Research Center, "Americans see men as the financial providers, even as women’s contributions grow," September 20, 2017

Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology. Columns published on Ballotpedia reflect the views of the author.

Scott Rasmussen is a Senior Fellow for the Study of Self-Governance at the King’s College in New York and an Editor-At-Large for Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics. His most recent book, "Politics Has Failed: America Will Not," was published by the Sutherland Institute in May.To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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