Perceptions of working women and women who are also raising children, for instance, have become more positive in the last two decades but still, our society considers women as breadwinners as a "Nightmare".
What Is a Breadwinner?
A breadwinner is a colloquial term for the primary or sole income earner in a household. Breadwinners, by contributing the largest portion of household income, generally cover most household expenses and financially support their dependents.
Especially in a western world women are supposed to play the role of a daughter, mother, sister, wife, but is not allowed to break from the shackles of subjugation. Due to the extreme inequality between men and women, most families spend a major source of their income educating the male child, and not the female child.
Women in Pakistan are sometimes treated merely as caretakers or people who accompany the males of the house when they migrate to urban areas for work. The cultural and social construct in India doesn’t give enough credit to the mother, the sister, the wife, and all other roles women assume.
In several rural parts of Pakistan, an educated and successful working woman is still looked down upon, and people do not respect her and her family. Hence, women need to work harder than the men of the house to gain the respect they deserve.
The majority of women still discriminated against because of their gender. That number hasn’t improved either in almost 20 years.
59 percent of employed women in Pakistan, including working women with children, say they work primarily because they are their family’s main breadwinner but When women earn more in the relationship, it can make both parties uncomfortable. Some lie about it to family and friends.
Women are now much more likely to have an education and career. Yet across most marriages, they still do more child care and housework than their husbands, and men still feel strong pressure to be the family breadwinner.
So, what does it take to have a successful marriage when gender earning norms are reversed?