The “Leave it to Beaver” type family seems to be a thing of the past, according to a report from Pew Research Center, and one major repercussion from this departure is increasingly unhappy women.
The report has revealed that only 14 percept of children under the age of 18 live in a two-parent household with the couple on their first marriage, where dad works and mom stays at home. This is in stark contrast to the 1960s, when 50 percent of children under 18 lived in this traditional, stay-at-home mom and working-dad dynamic.
Women seem to have suffered the greatest from the growing trend. A graph from Marcus Buckingham via the Huffington Post illustrates the steady decline in female happiness since 1972.
Figure 1 - Average happiness index value for the period 1972-2006
Source: Based on responses to question 157 of the General Social Surveys
A study per the National Bureau of Economic Research confirms the same:
By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women's happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men. The paradox of women's declining relative well-being is found across various datasets, measures of subjective well-being, and is pervasive across demographic groups and industrialized countries. Relative declines in female happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 1970s typically reported higher subjective well-being than did men. These declines have continued and a new gender gap is emerging -- one with higher subjective well-being for men.
Besides the obvious and research-proven fact that married people are wealthier (cohabiting parents or single-parent families being “two to three times more likely” to be living in poverty than children in married parent homes), happier, and healthier than that of their single peers, the war against the traditional household seems to have already been waged, propagated and won—leaving a whole mess of unsavory products.
As the feminist mantra “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” fully manifests itself within our culture and the battle of the sexes rages, women are left as the unhappy collateral damage.