American Women Breadwinners Up

EUGENE, Ore. — Women are now the sole or primary breadwinners in 40 percent of American households, a Pew Research Institute study found.

The study says in families with two parents, the female breadwinner averages a household income of $80,000 a year, while families with a single mother making the money average a household income of $23,000 a year.

The survey claims women earn more than half of their household income in 14 million households. Five million of those women are married making more than their husbands, and 8.5 million are single moms.

Local moms say the statistics don’t surprise them and that they know lots of families with stay-at-home dads or breadwinning-women. The family dynamic often works itself out based on what options are available.

“Who’s to say what’s normal? You’ve got to make it work for your family. If it works for you, then why not do it?” said married breadwinner Luvina Marshall.

“If you have the job and the other one doesn’t, than yeah, you’re going to keep that job or go get a job if the other one can’t find a job. You’ve go to do what you’ve got to do to support your family,” said sole family breadwinner Ashley Sustaire.

Though these women share similar family roles, their salaries aren’t very similar.

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