New York Women Closing Gender Income Gap, Complicating Relationships

New York Women Closing Gender Income Gap, Complicating Relationships


From The New York Daily News By Phyllis Furman

She was an up-and-coming childrenswear designer for Kmart. He played in a no-name rock band and collected unemployment checks. The relationship didn't make it past six months.

Julia Stouter, now 27 and living in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, said her rocker ex-boyfriend's lack of ambition eventually got to her, and she walked.

"It was annoying for me, paying for everything," Stouter said. "I'm ambitious and doing well in my career. I'd like to date a man on the same page."

Stouter - and women like her across the city - are facing a new reality. After decades of lagging behind men, full-time working women at the beginning of their careers in New York and other big cities are now outearning their male counterparts.
Tango’s Take And this isn’t just relegated to NYC. Women have been gaining on men in terms of education for a generation. It only makes sense that the earning (particularly in the first job) is starting to even out. Women earning more than their husbands could be problematic later in their relationship. If she significantly out-earns him, it becomes a tougher decision regarding childcare and homemaking choices. While many men (like Michael Keaton) have proven that they can handle the gig, women are generally thought to be better at that kind of stuff. We also bet that some women who earn much more than their guy might have very strong opinions about how things should be done around the house. And we could envision a scenario that involves the husband feeling the need to wear the pants, periodically. Martha Baer does a great job of exploring this topic in her article on Financial Inequality.

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