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Where do you think the generation of young women that came out in throngs during the baby boomers era, voicing their support for working women have gone? Bill Clinton was the most popular President to ever come out of that generation and as far as the Cinderella story for employment goes for women of the time, they all seem to be doing much better than their predecessors. Whether it’s wages, the number of hours they work and where they stand on the income distribution ladder, they earn more than their mothers did, the poorest women in American societies are faring the best and perhaps the most surprising find of all is that women are no longer living in the shadows of the choices their mothers made – of being just your regular off the mill, amazing housewife.

However, there’s plenty still in need of improvement here, that movement still needs to pick up its pace because the persistent perception that you find everywhere you look is that all of this should be looked at through a man’s point of view – what do they think of women working? Their wages are still the most important to increasing a couple’s income because to many it doesn’t matter how far ahead women have gone ahead in the career run, so how much do the men in that love-filled twosome earn? Do men face prejudice at work? Then send in the battalions of organisations willing to fight for them, but please nevermind the scores of women who are still looking for that same level of support and fair treatment that men have come to expect from society.

This appalling attitude to social mobility needs to change. Although, women nowadays earn more than their mothers did, for many of them, they are still behind in earnings, when compared to their father’s earnings. This is in stark contrast to men, who today earn more than their fathers did. Perhaps, the greatest motivation to women is social and financial hardship experienced at a young age because women raised in families with the lowest income earnings, today earn more than their fathers did.

One of the controversial reasons to the acceptability of women earning lower in a relationship than a man, research has found is, the great class-divide. This means that even though many women earn considerably high, they still fall behind their partners when it comes to their earnings because of the social hierarchy in the marriage, where her husband belongs to a class higher than her. A more conservative upbringing has also resulted in daughters of poor women marry rich and raise their family incomes substantially high, challenging the idea that the family you grow up in does not define the idea you have of hard labour.

One of the ways you can change this is by providing women with longer working hours and greater access to incentives, which nurture them in their new-found liberation with work. This can range from cheap and affordable childcare to handling workplace prejudice. The late 1960s and early 1970s saw 43 percent of American women working, while now 6 in 10 women are wage earners. The baby boomer generation movement pro-working women has increased the number of women in the workforce by 50percent.

Interestingly, daughters who work fulltime contribute more than half to family earnings, which adds value to the family’s financial security, particularly single daughters who supply a staggering 81percent to the family income, from regular wages, and the remaining percent coming from other means of nonwage resources, like smart investments. Because of this increased participation for women in the employment sector, it means that families down in the social ladder have been able to move up and ensure their families can achieve a higher rank of median income and economic fruitfulness.

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