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Gender Gap

Will Your "I Do" Be an I Don't For Your Job?

It's no longer the expectation or assumption that once a woman meets her mate, she'll resign her run at the office. Women have come a long way to gain their rights in the workplace but that may not have won them the same rights on the home front. According to a recent Cornell University study, a woman with a hardworking husband is less likely to be working herself.

I got your attention, right? Here are the stats: So, a woman with a husband who puts in 60 hours a week is 42 percent more likely to quit her own job to tend to things at home. The study also shows that "the odds of quitting increase by 51 percent for professional women whose husbands work 60 hours or more per week, and for professional mothers the odds they will quit their jobs jumps 112 percent." Meanwhile, for professional men, who are either parents or non-parents, a wife working long hours has almost no effect on her husband's career.

It seems that despite female professional success, the work of running a home weighs more heavily on a woman's shoulders. A lot may have changed at the office, but not too much has changed at home — so tell me, are you surprised by the stats or is this just the status quo?

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sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I'm not surprised, but I am a little saddened to hear it. This is why so many women find themselves in terrible situations once their relationship is over.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
It's not surprising considering that few parents opt for the dad to stay at home and the mother to work - especially since while the baby is breastfeeding, they don't really have much of a choice in who stays and who works. I mean, pumping and bottle feeding is one choice, but a lot of mothers prefer to breastfeed as a way to bond with their babies. I recently married and we're looking to have kids in 2-3 years. We're currently working on a plan because I'd like to go back to school so I can get on a career path, but I'd also like to be able to stay home for the first few months with our children, whereas hubby already knows the career path he wants to take and his ultimate career goal. I'll most likely to continue to work but, like with my parents, he'll probably go on to a career and I'll remain at my current company for as long a possible. Hopefully I'll be able to go back to school and start on a career path later in life. If not, I wouldn't be happy being a stay at home mom exclusively, but I think I'd be happy being a part-time-worker and full-time mom with the occasional hired or family (read: my sisters, my parents or his parents) babysitter.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I don't know so much if it's women are expected, I think women want to. I make more money and work more hours than my husband, but when I have a baby, I know I want to spend as much time as possible at home with him/her. I want to be the one to take him/her to the doctor and stay home when he/she is sick. Not because society tells me that's the way it should be, but because that's what I genuinely want. I wouldn't be surprised if many other women felt the same way.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
Not surprised at all. Women are still expected to stay at home with the kids.
nyxmoxie nyxmoxie 7 years
Nope not surprised, it may be the 21st century but women still prefer traditional paths. Unfortunately given the fact that 50% of marriages end in divorce and given how unstable life is, I won't quit working. Not sure on marriage, but I'll never quit working. Right now I'm trying to figure out how I can retire early, but all my bank accounts, credit cards, all financial documents are in my name. My bf and I keep our finances separate. I'm trying to figure out how I can retire early in life before I turn 65 and live off my own investment portfolio. I just don't want to become one of those women who doesn't know what to do if the guy leaves her. I want to ensure that financially I will always be doing well no matter what.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
Not surprising at all - my parents both worked, but my mom was absolutely the one in charge of and responsible for their three children and home! That's also why women don't earn as much as men - that time at home, leaving work early to pick up kids, time off for doctors appointments and conferences means less time to devote to your career - either at work or by going back to school for additional certifications. More on this at Life: Forward (
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