To bring home the bacon means to earn money, particularly for one’s family; to be successful, especially financially successful; to supply means of subsistence; earn a living; attain success or reach a desired goal. For years, the man held the distinction of being the primary wage earner and the person who made the most money. That trend is changing. Women nowadays not only take care of the household but also bring home the bacon. According to the NY Times, the median household income for married women who earn more than their husbands — more often white, slightly older and college educated — is $80,000. When the wife is the primary breadwinner, the total family income is generally higher. Check out this statistic: One fourth of women earn more than their husbands. What happens to the family when the woman rises to the top and assumes this role? Here is where the debate and varying opinions occur. Some say that it is a recipe for disaster. Others say that the family is better off. A selected group contends that it’s not just about the dollars. Some men find not being the breadwinner a little unsettling. They feel that their role is being threatened. Some women breadwinners allege unfairness in that they still bear the brunt of child rearing and the abundant housework. Let’s not forget the traditional theory that children turn out better when the Mother stays home. Before a gasket is blown, there is as much agreement as there is disagreement. Where is the balance? It is a tug of war. Is there a universal answer or does it depend upon the individual family? It remains to be seen. Here's what we do know.
When women “bring home the bacon and is the top breadwinner,” it’s too much for some traditionalists. What do you think? A penny – and a slice of bacon on toasted bread with yummy grape jelly – for your thoughts! Photo credit: www.slate.com