Yesterday, there were several stories in the MSM about how 40 percent of women are the primary breadwinners in their families.
Meanwhile, Ezra Klein posted a nice graph from the Shriver Report comparing incomes between husbands and wives. While there is much greater parity today than there was in 1967, it does show that only 31.8 percent of women with kids under the age of 6 make as much as or more than their spouses. And 62 percent of all mothers make less than their husbands.
As my smart friend, Melissa, pointed out in an e-mail to me, this is because women usually have to take a flexible job, which pays less.
I've been toying with the idea of taking an adjunct position, because I'm missing the classroom so much. It's not really a good plan; it would be much better for me to finish my writing projects at home. There's more potential for me there, than teaching one class at a community college for 2 grand a semester. The Chronicle has a series on adjuncts. One of their findings is that many people take those crappy positions, so they have can be available to their families. 82 percent make less than $20,000 per year, even though they have advanced degrees.
I'm not really sure if pay parity is all that important. It's not a competition. However, it is problematic if employers are taking advantage of women who have few options.