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A quarter of young women earn more than their partner, while just over one in five women aged 35 to 54 are the main breadwinners in their families, according to research by LV=.
The study found women aged 18 to 24 are most likely to earn more than their partner. Only 16% of women over 55 out-earn their partners.
The study of over 2,000 people found men and women had a similar income in 22% of households and that half of households have a male breadwinner.
Women who earn more than their partners were more likely to say they feel under pressure to maintain a regular income than their male peers. Some 43% of female breadwinners say they feel very aware of the need to keep earning and stay in work, compared to 34% of men.
Over a third of women breadwinners said they were proud of their achievements, against less than a quarter of men who earned more than their partner.
Myles Rix, of LV,= said: “With an increasing number of households where the woman earns more than her partner, it is clear to see that younger generations are bucking the trend.
“While it is great to see that women who earn more than their partners are proud of their career achievements, the flipside of this is that they are feeling stressed about their financial responsibilities.”