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Why has a 2017 article about women out-earning their partners got Twitter talking?

'Cuz it's still relevant

Nairita Mukherjee Noir_Memoir 29 May 2018, 1:59 PM
Why are we ashamed of doing better?

Why are we ashamed of doing better? Image: Thinkstock

Pay disparity. What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear this phrase? Hollywood's leading ladies spreading awareness about being underpaid as compared to the male counterparts on red carpets in their designer outfits. But if you stop letting their designer clothes distract you and look deeper, you will realise that it is, in varying capacities, present all around us.

But a 2017 article, published by the CNBC, had us believe that millennial women are, in fact, ashamed of earning more than their partners. Apparently, 58 per cent women in America earn more than their husbands, but they remain ambivalent about it because, well, they don't want the man to feel bad about it. After all, the human race is built on the principle that men have to be the primary bread earner — go out hunting, bring home the food — while the women build a home.

And we'd hoped that it has changed over the last couple of thousand years, right? 

Apparently not. While on the one hand, we have women of position advocating for equal pay, those lucky few who are managing to earn it are burdened by guilt. Can you imagine the level of social oppression women are dealing with right now, feeling ashamed for doing better? 

Katie Gillespie quoted a part of the old article and wrote, "The University of Chicago found that a wife making even $5,000 a year more than her husband was associated with a greater risk of divorce" with a significant 'welp' at the end to convey our thoughts exactly. 

And the women folk are weighing in on it. 

It's surely the case in India. When will we ever stop?  

But please stop. 'Cuz THIS is how it should be. 

And honestly, think about this one. 

'Cuz ladies, you need to stop if this is what you're feeling. 

And puh-leez, let the millennials speak for themselves, will ya? 

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