Discuss It: Do Women “Work” as Breadwinners?

Posted February 7, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

As I sat down to write this article, about women as breadwinners and the controversy is often brings, I started hearing in my head the lyrics to the famed Cabaret song, “Money makes the world go round the world go round the world go round.” It’s the truth, though, isn’t it? Money, for better or for worse, affects our homes, our businesses, and our marriages, for better or for worse.

A deep discussion of women as breadwinners ensued recently on Citi Women & Co’s lively LinkedIn group. Is it OK to be a woman breadwinner? Does it adversely affect you if you are one? How do men perceive it? Sadly, in this day and age, these questions are still relevant in our discussions about marriage and money. Women & Co. says:

What can we say? It’s 2013 and still women aren’t sure what the price is for pursuing a career and a family. Bibas’ comments are provocative: Are husbands more likely to cheat if they aren’t the main source of income for the household? The women in the thread have responded with passion and a wide range of feelings—from pride at their accomplishments to concern about how the men in their lives and people in the world at large would view them.

So here’s what I’d like to do, Career Girls. I’d like to continue the discussion from Citi’s LinkedIn group here. Are you a breadwinner? Do you want to be? How does it or would it affect your marriage?

If money makes the world go round, how does your money being more or less than your spouse’s make your world better….or worse?

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."