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Updated by Jenny Garrett on Jun 04, 2013
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20 reasons to celebrate being a female breadwinner

Not convinced that being the primary earner in your household is something to celebrate? Well here’s 20 reasons to see it differently.

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Choice – Because when you choose to be breadwinner, you don’t resent it, instead you make it work.

Choice – Because when you choose to be breadwinner, you don’t resent it, instead you make it work.
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Role modelling – Whether you like it or not, you will be a role model for the next generation. You want to show th...

Role modelling – Whether you like it or not, you will be a role model for the next generation. You want to show th...
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Financial acumen – It’s often only when women are the breadwinner that they get to grips with cash, investments an...

Financial acumen – It’s often only when women are the breadwinner that they get to grips with cash, investments an...
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Confidence – You may equate money to success and confidence comes from past success.

Confidence – You may equate money to success and confidence comes from past success.
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Never having to ask – How demoralising is it to ask someone else if you want to purchase something? Breadwinners d...

Never having to ask – How demoralising is it to ask someone else if you want to purchase something? Breadwinners d...
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Closing the gender pay gap – Breadwinners knows that they need to earn what they deserve, as it’s critical to thei...

Closing the gender pay gap – Breadwinners knows that they need to earn what they deserve, as it’s critical to thei...
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Changing working life – The more women breadwinners out there, the greater the voice, the more we can influence fl...

Changing working life – The more women breadwinners out there, the greater the voice, the more we can influence fl...
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Partnership – Not all men are cut out to be the breadwinner and would love to be stay at home Dads, or follow less...

Partnership – Not all men are cut out to be the breadwinner and would love to be stay at home Dads, or follow less...
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New generation – Because we’ve evolved beyond the traditional role of man: hunter-gatherer and woman: tied to the ...

New generation – Because we’ve evolved beyond the traditional role of man: hunter-gatherer and woman: tied to the ...
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Voice – Because when you earn, you have a voice and when you have a voice you have influence and with that influe...

Voice – Because when you earn, you have a voice and when you have a voice you have influence and with that influe...
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Pride – Because being a breadwinner is a fantastic achievement and something to be proud of.

Pride – Because being a breadwinner is a fantastic achievement and something to be proud of.
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Well-rounded – Because a fulfilling role outside the home makes you better in it.

Well-rounded – Because a fulfilling role outside the home makes you better in it.
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Singledom

Singledom
  1. Singledom – About 42% of marriages in the UK end in divorce, and an increasing number of women are choosing the single life. According to the Telegraph, almost 2.5 million men and women aged between 45 and 64 live alone in their own homes. According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of such sole occupants has risen by 833,000 in the past two decades and there are expected to be a further two million at least by 2020, you’ll want to be financially independent at that time in your life.
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Business case

Business case
  • Because women at the top make good decisions and increase business profitability and numerous reports have supported this.
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Driven

Driven

– Ambitious women need an outlet and need to be recognised.

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Love

Love

– When you are the breadwinner you are with your partner for love not beholden to them for money and valuing all the qualities they bring to the table.

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Focus on career

Focus on career

– Being the breadwinner focuses you on making the most of your career; it’s something that you can’t escape from. You need to make it as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible, because you’ll be doing it for many years.

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Feminine & masculine

Feminine & masculine

– When female breadwinners are getting it right, they are adept at combining the traditionally masculine skills with the feminine in concert.

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Doing good

Doing good

– If you are financially successful breadwinner, you can do plenty of good with your money, helping your community and pursuing philanthropic activity

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Sharing your success

Sharing your success

– Once you are a breadwinner you can share the pitfalls and successes with others by mentoring, coaching and supporting, so their way can be easier.