Is ‘The Toxic Sisterhood” Hampering The Increase of Female Breadwinners?

Woman counting money A Women and Work survey carried out by Grazia magazine and reported on by Women in Technology, has found that there is an increase in female breadwinners who earn either the same amount (19%) or more (30%) than their partner. It found what we probably already know – that women want to earn their own money, and sixty nine per cent of stay at home mothers would like to get back into work. What is interesting is that of the nearly 2000 women surveyed ten per cent are the main household breadwinner, and sixty per cent said they do not expect their partner to be the main breadwinner. On a more negative note a TUC (Trades Union Congress) spokesperson believes there is still some way to go in closing the gender pay gap. She says "Girls have been outperforming boys in education for over a decade, but this advantage has failed to fully translate into the workplace, only by lifting the veil of secrecy around pay, better valuing work traditionally done by women and increasing the availability of high quality part-time and flexible working can we hope to make significant inroads into the gender pay gap." Women it seems are also not helping each other as the survey revealed that 62 per cent of women would prefer a male boss and that child free workers resent what they considered to be ‘special treatment’ of working mothers. The editor of Grazia, Jane Bruton called this ‘The Toxic Sisterhood’ saying ‘we need to work with each other, not against each other’ in order to make progress. If you are a female breadwinner I would love to hear your views on this subject.

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