NPR’s Talk of the Nation had a discussion a couple weeks ago entitled Wives Increasingly Earning More Than Their Husbands. The discussion included host Rebecca Roberts, clinical psychologist Joshua Coleman and Chicago Tribune columnist Amy Dickinson. The discussion centered around the results of the recent Pew Research Center study Women, Men and the New Economics of Marriage. The basic findings show that as women have outpaced men in earning college degrees, men are significantly more likely to marry women who make more and have more education than they do. This shouldn’t be a shock to anyone but the actual report provides some interesting data trends regarding marriage, education and economic statistics from 1970 and 2007.
The NPR discussion focused on how the shift in earning and education has affected gender norms and housework. The NPR discussions engages several callers in a discussion about how the economic downturn has shifted the breadwinner status in many homes and the effects of the shift.
You have several options to follow up on this story. You can listen to the 30 minute discussion here. For an executive summary of the Pew study go to their website. If you want to read the entire pdf, you can find it here.