Telegraph Talks to Female Breadwinners about Family Life When Mum Earns More

Now that my new book “Female Breadwinners” is out I am delighted at how much it resonates with the women who have got in touch. The timing couldn’t be better with the world waking up to the role of women who earn the majority of the household income.

This month sees the release of the new movie “I Don’t Know How She Does It” starring Sarah Jessica Parker. I discussed the responsibilities and advantages Female Breadwinners have in Sunday’s Telegraph, in an article entitled “Female Breadwinners: When Mum makes more” by Julia Llewellyn Smith. It highlights how women still do the majority of household work – even when they also have a full time job.

Some of the statistics quoted in the article are eye opening, for example, by 2015 75% of graduates will be female and as I was quoted  “It’s a radical shift in society. It means couples are going to have to rethink the way they relate to each other, and companies will have to get much more serious about how they treat their talent.”

Couples with a stay at home dad also face danger in their relationship, with the man feeling insecure and resentful about his status he may turn to another stay at home mum for comfort.  According to a recent study by Cornell University, men whose wives out-earn them are five times more likely to be unfaithful than average.

If you are a female breadwinner you will know the difficulties that this role presents both in and outside the home, what you may not be aware of is that you are not alone. When I gave a talk recently, I asked all the female breadwinners to stand up. Nearly all the room did. Everyone gasped and was saying, ‘Not you, too!’

This month I begin a webinar series focusing on the challenges and opportunities faced by female breadwinners. You can reserve your place here, and please do let me know if you have specific questions you would like answered. You can also order your copy of Female Breadwinners here.

Picture, Juggling act: Sarah Jessica Parker in I Don’t Know How She Does It (LMK)

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  • Cameron

    “Some of the statistics quoted in the article are eye opening, for example, by 2015 75% of graduates will be female..”

    Something tells me this is not likely to happen.

    Think about it, 2012 is the last year you can start a degree that will graduate in 2015, yet there are already 5 or so years of students that will graduate in 2015, which are most definitely not 75% female.

    This is assuming you meant ‘graduating in 2015′ rather than ‘graduates in 2015′ which would mean everyone who holds a degree in 2015, which would mean you’d need literally millions of women graduating between now and then to get that kind of number.

    I know its not your research, but by quoting statistics to prove a point you risk discrediting you’re whole article on someone else’s mistake.  You should have at least checked the viability of them.

    • Suzanne

      Hi Cameron,

      I was misquoted in the article – the number is actually 72%, which is only slightly lower. The number refers not to all the people graduating in that given year, but those who will have ever graduated from a university course by 2015. I take your point that ‘eye-catching’ statistics can discredit the issue, but if they are true and from credible sources, such as the Org for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 2008 report on ‘The Reversal of Gender Inequalities: An Ongoing Trend in Higher Education to 2030″, then surely we must draw attention to this trend.