The Increase of Female Breadwinners and the effects on Family, Marriage, and Society: A Literature Review

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Laurie LaDow


This paper looks at existing literature on female and male breadwinners and discusses gender ideologies in terms of primary wage earners and how traditional male and female roles are changing and also ways they are remaining the same.  Further, I examine how society views female breadwinners and where the breadwinner term originated. Finally, an exploration of how marriages work and don’t work where the wife is the primary breadwinner.  What do husbands and wives do to maintain balance in the household and within the marriage and how do both parties reframe the situation to create an environment that is satisfying within the family.  By drawing on scholarly resources along with books and articles that are written by popular women journalists and executives this paper shows a balance of perceptions and research.


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