Study: More Women Earning More Money Than Their Husbands, Taking More Power As Well

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A new research study from Prudential Financial reveals that women are now taking the lead in more and more households these days.  The study surveyed 1,400 women and found that 53% of them were the primary bread winners in their households.   Part of the reason for this trend is that 40% of all women are either divorced or support themselves.   But at the same time, 22% of married women earned more money than their husbands.

Asian American women were the leaders in out-earning their husbands, with 33% of them bringing home the bacon.  African American women were second at 31%, with white women coming in at 19%.   Most of the women say that they are earning more than their husbands because of a “challenging economy.”

The increased difference in earning potential is also translating into a peculiar power shift in many relationships.  More and more women are now keeping their finances separated from their mates, and women who earn more than their husbands were the ones most likely to do so.  Roughly 27% of all women who earn more than their partners were likely to keep their finances separate, while only 15% of other women did the same thing.

This dynamic is consistent with changing demographics for the entire workforce.  For the first time ever, women outnumber men in the workplace, and this trend seems to be playing itself out in numerous ways inside the household.


  1. anonymous

    July 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

    No surprises here…as soon as a woman of color finds two nickels to rub together, she will immediately want to hoard and separate what she has from a man. Of course, the very same woman will demand to share in what ever success a man has.

    Even more amazing are the numbers of women of color who have nothing to offer and will still hoard and separate the one nickel they have from any man they meet.

    Truly selfish…truly typical…and that’s why 75% plus women of color will never have any lasting relationship.

    • Samdromeda

      July 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      You forgot the rule…”What is yours is mine and what is mine is mine.” This is the rule imposed by Jezzabelle the wife of Ahab in scripture. If you are looking for power sharing in a “Relationship” you are looking in the wrong place. Commitment demands that each person contributes 100%. It really is all or nothing. If you have the character of a vacuum cleaner there will be the tendency of people and potential mates to distance themselves from you. In the balance of power there is never enough balance and never enough power. One will indeed be enslaved to the other and the resulting revolt will destroy the relationship. This is why women can sue men for Palimony when cohabitative relationships break up.

  2. Peter D. Slaughter

    July 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    The so-called power of this money these women are getting is really fake.
    It’s all in the mind
    It’s real ironic how so many black people put all this trust and power based on some printed paper that has some dead white man slave owner on it.Then black men and women are always wondering why they are always arguing and fighting over all types of petty non-sense.
    Some of us would think to evolve and rise above this slave type paper money value system we live under.It won’t happen in my life time at all.

  3. Frank Talk

    July 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Wrong again BlAndroPhobic (fear of Blackmales) media. The real reason females are paid more and Not having more power is they’re No threat to Willie Lynchism and white supremacy. Name a female who was ever assassinated for fighting for Black Rights? Name one the whole race holds high and mighty as a guidepost for our children to follow–and she can’t be an entertainer?
    Our females are too Aunt Jemima, nanny, and mammy minded to lead with Amandla (power)!

  4. Lnyce

    September 3, 2012 at 1:06 am

    All these men on posting sound a tad bit jealous n misogynistic. Lmao mad a woman has some power that makes you men scared of her. I’m just laughing. Long as the bills are paid why fret?! Hahahaha

  5. David B.

    May 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This all seems a bit irrelevant to blacks because we hardly get married anyway. Most black homes are female-headed and they have the all the power because they’re the only adult around most of the time. Men in these marriages where women earn more, or even if they don’t, need to keep their money separate. A man without a Swiss bank account who enters into a marriage with a woman who earns significantly less is a fool. Well, really almost any man who gets married in this country is a fool, but again, black folk don’t really get married any more in significant numbers, and even when we do, our marriages dissolve in less than 10 years normally.

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