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  1. Married Women Working in the Post War Era
  2. Laws Regarding Working Women
  3. Clerical Work for Women
  4. Sticky Floor and Glass Ceiling: Barriers to Career Advancement
  5. Alpha Earners: High Earning Married Women
  6. Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  7. Birth Rates in the United States
  8. Women in Politics in the U.S.
  9. Women in the U.S. Military
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Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard chair and CEO, at the White House’s Digital Freedom Initiative.
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Alpha Earners: High Earning Married Women
A woman who is married and hold a higher paying job than her husband is sometimes called an "alpha earner." In 2001, 30.7% of married working women earned more than their husbands. In the same year, women made up almost 50% of high-paying executive, administrative and managerial positions. Now that more women are earning college degrees and MBAs than men, this should not be a surprising phenomenon. Young couples have moved away from the conservative idea of the husband being the sole breadwinner of the household, and there is a growing acceptance of men as househusbands. While alpha earners work outside the home, some of their husbands stay at home taking care of the children.
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