“At the bottom, women’s share is going up largely because men’s earning are going down,” he said. “At the top, wives are both working more and earning more relative to their husbands, but their husbands’ earnings are not declining.”
Caitlin LoCascio-King, a lawyer in Auburn, Maine, quit her job in 2011 after she had a baby and started a part-time solo practice. But she ramped up her hours last year when her family’s health care costs increased and her husband’s pay raises were not keeping up with the cost of living.
“My plan was just to bring in a little money to help my family,” said LoCascio-King, 28, who has a 2-year-old and a 9-month-old and trades off child care duties with her husband, who works nights. “It has grown much bigger than that in large part because of the economy.”
LoCascio-King estimates she will be the main breadwinner this year, and that is just fine with her husband, a police officer in Portland: “My husband is thrilled with my new nickname, Sugar Mama.”