Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Housewife: Less Money, More Happiness

Hat Tip to Throne and Altar for his post with a collection of links to good information on Patriarchy.  One of them, Requiem for Civilization, featured a quote about the effects of women working that I found useful, not for pointing fingers at women who work but for me to be able to defend myself better.   I believe that a woman's education should prepare her to be a good wife and mother, not earn a living.

From THE COMING MATRIARCHY by Nickles and Ashcraft:

The working woman not only prefers a smaller family, but, in fact, fewer have children… Our survey also showed that working women have less successful marriages. A woman who works was five times as likely to have a disrupted marriage as one who did not work….Working wives are more than twice as likely as housewives to have had affairs by the time they reach their late thirties….Researchers have found that the longer a wife is employed, the more both partners think about divorce- an increase of one percentage point for each year of her employment. Things get worse as she earns more money. Vassar economist Shirley Johnson calculated that every $1000 increase in a wife’s earnings increases her chance for divorce by 2 percent…Women wed to less-educated or younger men had marital dissolution rates at least 50% greater than those marrying similarly-educated or older men. Better-educated husbands brought no increased risk to the marriage.


Tom said...

what about less educated Husbands?..... 0.o

Wendy Haught said...

I think the article said the man and wife have to be similarly educated or the man has to be better educated. My own feeling is that if they are similarly educated, then she needs to be solidly grounded in being submissive or else she will tend to second guess him. It's critical for her to be able to look up to him and trust his ability to make good decisions for her and their children.

Eliza said...

I've never felt comfortable working, and when I do work, I find I become more worldly, greedy, willful, prideful, and vain! Not to mention neglectful and slothful. Hmm, I don't think it's worth it, but ... bills must be paid, children fed, etc, (heavy sigh)

Wendy Haught said...

Oh, Eliza. I don't think they are talking about women who work occasionally to make ends meet. I think they are talking about career women, but it's an interesting point that you made about its effect on you.