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Canadian women like being breadwinners, study says

Friday, March 30, 2012  
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Sixty-one percent of Canadian working women in married or committed relationships feel accomplished in their ability to earn good money, and more than half say they are personally fulfilled by their work, according to a survey of 1,000 working adults conducted by Investors Group.

A significant majority (86 percent) of Canadian working women in relationships report their income is necessary to maintain the couple's lifestyle. More than one-quarter (26 percent) of Canadian working women in relationships are the sole or primary income earners in their households, Investors Group found.

"Household economics may be shifting as the earning influence of women becomes more significant,” according to Jane Olshewski, financial life planning expert at Investors Group, which conducted the online survey in Feb. 29- March 26, 2012.

Sixty-three percent of the respondents whose income is required to maintain the household lifestyle say they feel pressured to maintain their salary and 67 percent feel responsible for the long-term financial well being of their family.

"In an age where dual income households are the status quo, it’s no surprise that breadwinning is a priority for women,” Olshewski said.

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