I was recently asked to contribute a short piece on the changing role of men in work-family for Womenetics.com, a leading website for professional women.
While I think this was a good online conversation, I do think that Womenetics and some other contributors over-state the case of “Breadwinner Moms” If you recall, the 40% of families with a breadwinner mom statistic is misleading, as one only gets to the 40% number by cobbling together the 11% never-married single mother households (almost all of whom live below the poverty line with a median income of $17,400), the 14% single-mother-divorced households (with a median household income of about $30,000) and the 15% of dual-parent households with female breadwinners (with a median household income of $80,000). Clearly, Womenetic’s audience is in this third category. My colleagues in this conversation used the headline number without digging deeper.
Aside from this point, I thought this was a very smart conversation. But most of all, I am thrilled that women’s media recognizes the importance of men’s and fathers’ issues, and I am very grateful to contribute to this discussion.
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