Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Education, Income and Relationships
CNN reports on a Pew study showing that married women between 20 and 44 are increasingly out-earning their husbands. 22% of all married women now earn more than their husbands, up from 4% forty years ago. Pew notes that the education which leads to higher-paying more prestigious jobs is increasingly dominated by women who now make up not only a majority of undergraduates but also 60% of those holding advanced graduate degrees. The difference is especially pronounced in the black community where educational achievement for males is quite low. CNN notes that quantifiable shifts in educational attainment and work habits have changed relationships, but that these changes have had to be accompanied by a rethinking of traditional gender roles.