Marriage has traditionally been a way for women to be financially secure. But these days it’s men that are increasingly getting the biggest economic boost from marriage. New census data from the Pew Research has shown that women have outnumbered men in both education and earnings growth.

Since the 1970s there has been a greater number of women working and earning degrees rather than staying at home. And today men are married to women with higher salaries and education levels in comparison to the past. And a larger share of women are married to men with lower a lower education and salary.

Authors Richard Fry and D’Vera Cohn said that “from an economic perspective these trends have contributed to a gender role reversal in the gains from marriage.” Women now are gaining less from marriage than they did in the past.

Between 1970 and 2007 median household income rose by 60 percent for married men, married and unmarried women and only 16 percent for unmarried men. These statistics show that unmarried men are the only ones not getting an economic boost. But only 4 percent of married males had wives who earned more than they did in 1970 but in 2007 it had risen to 22 percent.

During that 37-year-period women’s earnings grew 44 percent while men’s only grew by 6 percent. Even though there’s still a gender gap or a glass ceiling women’s incomes have increased dramatically since women started entering the workforce in large numbers. It shows that society is moving towards equality.

But men are now experiencing a new phenomenon.  In this economic downturn more men are losing their jobs than women. So men are taking care of their children while their wives work. In this day and age most men and women are both breadwinners that share household responsibilities and child raising. But the shifts in earnings have also marked a decline in the number of Americans who are married.

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