9 February 2010
The Stay at Home Dad
It was a cold and snowy day on February 9, 2010. A mother of three was outside
clearing off the snow of the family vehicle to venture off for a long day at work, while
the father remained in the family home cooking a hot meal for the children. Over the last
couple of decades wives have been catching up and surpassing their husbands in income.
According to the National Bureau of Labor 18 percent of wives earned more than their
husbands in 1987, since 2006 that number has grown by 26 percent. Although money is
the driving force in most families decisions about which parent stays at home. Society is
becoming more acceptable of stay at home dads due to the fact that women are excelling
in the work force, men’s jobs are fading and economic reasons.
Women are excelling in the workforce due to the fact that more women than men
attend (54 percent) and graduate from college than in years past. In 1967 men
outnumbered women 58-42 percent. Since then the male domination of the labor pool has
shrunk to as little as 51 percent, according to a New York Times article. Just to name a
few of some women in powerful positions are Indra Nooyi, president and CEO of
PepsiCo; Ursula Burns, president of Xerox and Anne Sweeney; president of Disney &
ABC TV. Statistics also show that women who are economically independent and
educated have a more successful marriage.
The white-collar jobs that men traditionally held are fading away, mostly because
many middle aged men have become unemployable, causing a role reversal.
According to government data, eighty percent of the layoffs during the current recession
have been to men that dominate the heavily hit fields like construction and
manufacturing. While female dominated fields like healthcare are more stable. A recent
survey by Career Builder.com found that 37 percent of men would... [continues]
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