Magazine article Working Mother

Success Breeds a Backlash

Magazine article Working Mother

Success Breeds a Backlash

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I don't shock easily, but Forbes editor Michael Noer made my jaw drop with his online rant: "Guys: a word of advice. Many pretty women or ugly ones.... Just, whatever you do, don't marry a woman with a career." According to Noer, you're more likely to get divorced if you marry a career woman. Basically, "marrying these women is asking for trouble," he wrote.

It's not surprising that a backlash is surfacing when you consider the significant leaps women are making. Today, about 25 percent of wives outearn their husbands. This success makes some men proud, others vulnerable. "The more successful she is, the more likely she is to grow dissatisfied with you," wrote Noer, feeling maybe just a tiny bit threatened.

More troubling than Noer's sexist tone, however, is his interpretation of the studies he cites. He says research finds that women are happier when their husband is the primary breadwinner. The recent study he refers to actually suggests that women who earn as much as or more than their husbands may feel less happy in their marriages because they lack their husband's emotional support and find an unfair division of household labor.

Many working moms do feel overburdened. …

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