Love Versus Money

Love Versus Money
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 09, 2009

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Women receive 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees, according to ‘The Shriver Report, A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything. Furthermore black women are twice as likely to go to college.

“In the last 20 to 30 years there are more [black women] with college degrees than black men. It’s only natural that more black women will earn more than their spouses, if they are marrying within their race… a lot of black women have adjusted their expectations,” says Valorie Burton.

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“A lot of women feel very empowered to be able to earn really good money, and I think they see that as separate from whether or not they earn more than who they’re with,” explained Valorie Burton. “For black women, it says a lot for how far we’ve come.”

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“Among all married couples, including those where the husband isn’t necessarily working, 33.5 percent of women were making more than their husbands, according to [Bureau of Labor Statistics] 2007 data,” reported an article on

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The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics saw a jump in “affluent women returning to the labor force,” according to a New York Times article that states that the percentage of college educated women living with their spouse who were working or looking for work has increased by over two percent from 2007 to 2009.

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“What happened is 78 percent of the people who lost their jobs in the recession are men,” said Joan Williams, director of the Center for Work Life Law at the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, reports. “Some women who expected to take a long time out of the work force suddenly felt they needed to re-enter, in some cases more more quickly than they expected.”

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Pew Research Center reported that 40 percent of working mother complain of constantly feeling rushed compared to 26 percent of 25 percent of working dads.

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According to, some women who have put on the main breadwinner hat, have a hard time relinquishing control over the household duties.
“Some women are controlling, but some women really want some help and they’re just not getting it,” explains Valorie Burton, a life coach.

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A report from Pew Research Center notes that as more women enter the work force, their husbands are pitching in with household duties.

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“Research shows that married fathers now spend roughly twice as much time caring for children and doing housework as they did in the 1960’s,” according to the Pew Research Center.

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“Working moms are just as likely as moms who don’t work outside the home to say they are very satisfied with their family life (78 percent of working moms vs. 75 percent of at-home moms)” reveals a study by the Pew Research Center.