As American society and our economy continue to evolve, some clear trends are starting to emerge. Sometimes societal changes remain muted because they cause discomfort as old, powerful norms shift.
One of these shifts is the increasing number of men who stay at home with kids while moms bring home the bacon. Filmmaker Izzy Chan is producing an important documentary on this topic. Ben Mangan agreed to serve as an adviser to the project because he thinks it's critical we start discussing what this means for Americans – from the way it redefines family to the way it ought to shape good public and employer policies relating to parenthood.
The first thing you should know about the big flip — it’s big. 40% of American working wives now already out-earn their husbands (Pew Research 2012). In 40% of American families (with kids under 18), mom is the breadwinner (Pew Research 2013). In fact, the Boston Consulting Group has gone so far as to predict that in 15 years, women will not just close the income gap with men — but out-earn them.