Fifty years ago, men were the dominant wage earners in America and ruled the workplace.
But, points out CBS News Correspondent Michelle Miller, traditional gender roles are being redefined.
Today, men make up less than 50 percent of the workforce, and 40 percent of women are the primary source of their families’ incomes.
“It is true,” says New York University Sociology Professor Kathleen Gerson, “that the old breadwinner model of the strong high-earning, supporting the family on his own man is on the decline.”
What effect has this sea change had on men’s world view?
Sixty-one percent of the 1,500 men who took part in a Cosmopolitan magazine online survey said they believe they have it harder than previous generations.
“Women probably have higher expectations than they have ever had,” Gerson observes. “They don’t just want someone who’s a good worker; they want someone who can share in all the work of the home.”
Cosmo was to hold a “Man summit” Thursday to discuss men’s changing roles, goals, needs and attitudes on themselves, the working world, money, life — and women.