Satisfaction of Full-Time Working Moms - Does Income Contribution Make a Difference?
Thanks to all of you who took the time to comment on my blog, respond by email or on Facebook and Twitter. It’s great to know there is a lot of interest in this topic and I look forward to exploring it with you further.
I thought I’d take a look at the relationship between the level of financial contribution the mom provides and her overall satisfaction. Your answers broke down this way, ranked in order of satisfaction from highest to lowest:
40% of women who stated that they and their partners contributed to household income equally (or near equally) rated their satisfaction as “4” or “5” – (scale of 1-5, 5 being highest). The average satisfaction for this group was 3.3.
- 29% of women who stated that their partners were the primary breadwinners rated their satisfaction as “4” or “5.” The average satisfaction for this group was 3.1.
- 24% of women who stated that they were the primary breadwinner rated their satisfaction as “4” or “5”. The average satisfaction for this group was 3.
So here are some questions we can discuss:
- Is there a real difference between an average satisfaction of 3.3 and 3?
- Can we infer from the higher satisfaction of those who contribute equally to the household income that there is overall higher satisfaction when there is a sense of equality in the family? Do equal income contribution also play out in equal parenting and household responsibilities? (I have this data and can find out!)
- Is there something going on that fewer women expressed high levels of satisfaction who were the primary breadwinners? Is there pressure on this person that feels to weighty? Do you think we'd find something similar for men who are the primary breadwinners?
By the way, if there’s a statistician out there who can help with statistic significance, let me know! Otherwise, I’m just going to present the findings using averages and other math that I learned before grad school. I could crack open that stats book, but, well, I’m not going to.
The next blog will be about specific strategies that moms who work full time out of the home, who rate themselves as highly satisfied, use to make it all work. If you haven't taken the survey, and want to contribute your strategies to this blog, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or take a moment to complete the survey!
7/27/2011 12:30:37 pm
What strikes me is how big the difference is between unequal and equal contributions (the two unequal scenarios are sort of close, and then a bigger jump up to the equal). I am already inferring away based on your data and what I believe and observe on a regular basis.
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