Men: Can You Deal With It If Your Wife Wore the Pants in the Family?

When asked how he felt that his wife earns more than him, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said, "Listen. I just have three words for you: joint checking account. That money all lands in the same place, baby."

In 2011, Mary Pat Christie, a bond trader, earned more than $307,000 whereas her Republican governor husband earned a bit more than half her pay, $175,000. The trend of the wife being the breadwinner of the family - a role reversal from the traditional Ozzie and Harriet family in sitcom of the 50s - has been gaining in the United States.

Dennis Cauchon of USA TODAY wrote:

A USA TODAY analysis of Census Bureau data reveals a revolution in the traditional roles of men and women that extends from college campuses to the workplace to the neighborhoods across this nation. Today, when one spouse works full-time and the other stays home, it's the wife who is the sole breadwinner in a record 23% of families, the analysis finds. When the Census started tracking this in 1976, the number was 6%.

What do you think of the trend?

Men, How Would You Feel if Your Wife Makes More Money Than You?

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I am a SAHD dad who hasn't worked more than part time (outside the home) in years. My wife is and has been the breadwinner in our family for years. It hasn't always sat well with some extended family or peers, but I have never felt the slightest bit diminished by her success and most of our friends and family have been supportive. She is a physicist currently working as an engineer in a predominantly male industry and I am a kickass homemaker.
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