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Jul 19 2013 18:47 Fin24


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Cape Town – More and more men seem to be happy to be “house husbands”, reported The Telegraph.

It is estimated that more than four in ten women are now the main breadwinner in their home. They claim more of the men in their lives are happy to merely stay at home.

A survey done in the UK by an insurance company LV= shows that about 26% of women earned more than the men in their lives twenty years ago. This figure has now increased to 41%.
The survey found that more than 70% of women believe more men are happy to take on the role of house husband or stay-at-home dad.

At the same time, it turns out 6% of men openly resent earning less than their female partners. About 10% of those men who earn less than than their partners, actually still tell other people that they earn more.

About 30% of the women surveyed indicated that their partner was unemployed due to the economic crisis.

According to Mark Jones of LV= it is a good thing that antiquated stereotypes are changing.

Recent official figures in the UK showed that the number of stay-at-home mothers had fallen to a record low in 2012. There are now about two million women in the UK in this category.
The overall number of working women has increased a lot since the start of the financial crisis in 2008. Over the same period the number of stay-at-home fathers has almost doubled to 209 000.

In the US four in ten households have women are the main earners, according to The Guardian. The majority of these are single mothers and not well-off.

In South Africa the 2011 Census showed the number of women breadwinners is increasing, but  the average South African household is still headed by a man.

- Fin24

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