Men With Traditional Views on Gender Roles Earn More

Manholdingmoney I recently found this bit of dispiriting news about the state of gender relations. It seems that men who hold very traditional ideas about gender roles - beliefs like women should be in the home and not the workplace, earn more than men with more egalitarian viewpoints – almost $9000 more per year in fact. The American study was described in US News and actually reminds me of some of the conversations I have with my female executive coaching clients. Frequently, female solicitors, bankers and scientists marry men who were equally ambitious and well-educated. This is not surprising, but it seems that often when children enter the picture, many women feel under pressure to quit their jobs to take on a full time caring role. The upside for the husband is that if you have a wife at home full-time managing all aspects of domestic life, you can devote that much more time to your career - potentially putting the husband on the track to earn more. Frankly, I would rather have a more equal set-up and live with a man who I respected and respected my desire to work, than the extra money! What do you think of these findings? Are you surprised?

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