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
Female Breadwinners More Likely to Ditch Hubbies
Yep, we're guessing Madonna made at least 60% of the Richie family's moolah.   (AP Photo/Max Nash, file)

(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."
(Read more income stories.)

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