California wives taking on more financial responsibility
May 12, 2010
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of California women with children at home who became the sole breadwinner after their husbands lost their jobs in the recession, according to a new study. [Contra Costa Times]
The analysis, released Tuesday by the California Budget Project, a nonpartisan budget study group, shows that the number of women taking over household financial responsibility rose a stunning 77 percent from 2008 to 2009.
The new study also warns that past and likely budget cuts in the state’s safety new programs and health insurance for the poor, including CalWorks and Medi-Cal, will disproportionately affect low-income women and their families–people who make up the bulk of the clients who rely on such services.
Also, the study found that women in California lost fewer jobs than men, but they still lost work. Unemployment among women doubled to ten percent from 2006 to 2009.
Without wives, who worked more hours and earned more money, middle-income married couple families would have lost economic ground.
Women continued to earn less than men. A typical California woman in 2009 earned 89.1 cents for every dollar earned by a typical working man.