Female Breadwinners More Likely to Ditch Hubbies

38% more likely, to be exact

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 10, 2010 12:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – We already know that men are more likely to cheat on female breadwinners—but today's breadwinner update gives the bad news to the men. A 25-year study has found that ladies who bring home the bacon—specifically 60% or more of the family's income—are 38% more likely to divorce than those who do not, regardless of whether the couple is rich or poor.

The cause-and-effect isn't clear, notes a sociologist behind the study, who told the New York Post that easier access to money (with which to leave) and bruised male egos could play a part. But he also notes that the study tracked women married between 1979 and 2002. "I would like to do it again in 10 years with younger women, because it's a different generation." The women in this study "are the last generation, who may not have expected to have the careers they ended up having."

Yep, we're guessing Madonna made at least 60% of the Richie family's moolah.
Yep, we're guessing Madonna made at least 60% of the Richie family's moolah.   (AP Photo/Max Nash, file)
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