According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the United States Department of Labor, the percentage of American wives earning more than their husbands has slowly increased from 1987-2013. 29.3% of wives earned more than their husbands in 2013 while back in 1987, 17.8% of wives brought home more money than their husbands. Statista formed a graph to show the increase over the years. Though the situation is improving, it is still uncommon in which a wife earns more than her husband.
You will find more statistics at Statista
It’s important to note that many kiwis will believe that New Zealand is an elite country in terms of gender equality. In 2014’s Global Gender Gap Report, New Zealand was placed 13th out of 142 countries.
However, we were placed 30th for our gender gap in economic participation and opportunity and 33rd in wage equality. Women earned 72% of what men earned for similar work – that is absolutely appalling.
In terms of educational attainment, we are equal. A significant portion of women receive more tertiary education than men only for us to receive less money than men for the same job. We still have a long way to go.
Image Credits: sd posters, Global Gender Gap Report 2014