THE NEW RULES
In the 1950s men and women lived separate and dissimilar lives: the breadwinner husband and the homemaker wife. The baby boom changed that, creating new traditions and a new way of life. But the new traditions have rules that are just as rigid as those of the old ones. The most important rule is that it now takes two incomes to make ends meet.
Sixty-five percent of married couples younger than age 55 have two breadwinners today—husband and wife. 1 Those who follow this new rule will do well in the years ahead. Those who don't will fall behind.