More Education Means Ladies are the Ones Bringing Home the Bacon These Days
Guest Post by Tim Handorf:
The days of men being the sole breadwinner of every household are coming to an end. More and more women are making it big in the work force, filling top positions and earning big paychecks that could comfortably sustain a healthy household. In fact, it seems that with many couples these days, the woman is not only out-earning the man, she is usually also more educated than her male partner as well.
This reversal in trends is an interesting outcome of the increased number of women earning a higher education. Look around any mixed gender campus and you'll see that in most cases, the women outnumber the men. An astonishing 58 percent of the country's college student body was made up of women in 2006, according to an article in the New York Times. While the number of men who are striving for a higher education has remained relatively constant, the number of women earning their college degrees has rapidly climbed over the past decade. This can be attributed to the various opportunities now open to women in the work place that have not been open before, such as top management positions and previously male-dominated industries like engineering. Women are taking advantage of their relatively newfound prospects and storming the gates of the country's top schools for a chance to earn a quality education. Women now have more of a chance to secure authoritative positions within a company or successfully launch an entrepreneurial pursuit of their own.
In addition to job security, educated women are more likely to get married than uneducated women. In 2007, most relationships involved couples who were on the same educational level as one another, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. Interestingly, though, the same report also showed that 28 percent of all couples had a woman who was more educated than her husband and only 19 percent of all couples had a man with a higher education than his wife. Typically, a higher degree also correlates with higher pay, meaning that approximately 28 percent of all couples were in a situation where the woman was the top earner.
Though the professional work force has long been a male-dominated arena, women are successfully breaking in and establishing fruitful careers. Education has proven to be a driving factor for this success and it is education and determination that now place many women as the top earners for their households.
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