What you have in common with Oprah, Gwen, Hilary, Gisele
In my research on female breadwinners it has been difficult to definitively identify women in the public eye who earn more than their partners, because this information is not publicly available. We can make assumptions but they can be incorrect, as personal wealth is not always obvious.
An article in the San Francisco chronicle entitled When women earn more lists the following celebrity couples as one’s where the woman is the breadwinner:
- Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady
- Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
- Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie
- Oprah and Stedman
I am pleased that they have done this because however much we don’t like to admit it, when celebrities do something, a substantial number of the population follow or feel liberated by the fact that they have come out in the open about it.
Can we compare the lives of these high profile wealthy couples to that of the typical Female Breadwinner?
Well I think Yes, society’s assumptions of men and women do not change just because you are famous, if anything the feeling of being pulled in many directions may be intensified for these women, needing to be away for long periods of time because of their work commitments. Three out of four of these couples also have children to add into the complex equation of work, life and family.
What we need is more couples to be open about this and demonstrate it can be a success. There will of course always be the those who don’t make it, such as: Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Heidi Klum and Seal, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries – to name a few. They are not necessarily a warning, although there are pockets of people who believe that being a female breadwinner leads to divorce or your partner’s infidelity at the very least.
My view is that you can make anything work, if you are both willing to put the effort and communication in.
What do you think?
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