Let's hear it for the girls!
The Women and Work Survey 2010, which interviewed 2,000 women about their attitudes toward work and motherhood and was commissioned by the U.K.'s Grazia magazine, found that almost a third of women are the main breadwinners in their households, with 30 percent earning more than their partners and 19 percent earning the same amount.
It's not about the gender of the person, said respondees, but about who's bringing home the Gs. Four out of 10 women said that the career of whichever partner had the higher income would take precedence, and one in 10 families reported a Mr. Mom who took on household duties while the woman worked full time.
Half of those women said their careers made them feel "worthwhile" and "confident." We don't know what the other half said ...
Even the desire for babies hasn't curbed women's enthusiasm for work: two-thirds of the women surveyed said they planned to keep working after having children; over two-thirds of women with kids under 3 wanted to work part time; and half the full-time mothers interviewed wished they had their own incomes. Only 11 percent said they wanted to stop working entirely.
The survey results reflect a shift in attitudes with crossover couples sharing responsibility financially and at home, leaving women with the opportunity to advance their careers without sacrificing their desire for children. Jane Bruton, editor of Grazia, told the Daily Mail
: "We're in the middle of a huge social shift. Women are increasingly earning as much or more than their partners and many of these women get a great amount out of their working lives. For many of these high earners it makes more sense for their partners to take on a greater domestic role."
Not only is it great news to hear women embracing their careers and independence wholeheartedly, but it also sounds like there's an added benefit: a new generation of sexy domesticated dads.