Fighting to be paid fairly has always been a struggle聽for women: The pay gap still (unfortunately) exists, and equal pay is not yet a law in most countries the way聽it is in Iceland. Frankly, fiscal responsibility as a woman can cause a lot of聽stress. Combine that with trying to manage a successful relationship, and聽all sorts of issues can begin to crop up. It鈥檚 a fact made evident by a recent survey conducted by Refinery 29, which found that millennial women are more conflicted than ever聽about making more money than their male partners.

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With聽articles like 鈥I Make More Money Than My Husband 鈥 Here鈥檚 How We Manage鈥 and 鈥How to Date a Woman Who Makes More Money Than You)鈥 popping up during Google searches, the outlet decided to delve deeper into the sitch. Their findings, however, were鈥 well,聽it鈥檚 not so straightforward, actually.

While the number of US women who out-earn their male partners is still relatively low (38 percent in 2015), it can be a situation that elicits strong reactions from both men and women. 鈥淚 couldn鈥檛 date a man who was less ambitious than I am,鈥 and 鈥淚 guess I just feel like it鈥檚 a man鈥檚 job to take care of his woman, not the other way around,鈥 are just a few of the surprising comments used as prime examples of current attitudes, as well as, 鈥淲hat if you end up having to pay him alimony like Mary J. Blige and her ex-husband?鈥


The answers came courtesy聽of 130 millennial women who were the higher earners in their relationships. Troubles stemming from the financial sitch 鈥淸could] rarely be boiled down to the single issue of money,鈥 however. 鈥淟ike most relationships, the real problems are expectations and communication,鈥 the outlet concluded. As they explain, 鈥淭he women most frustrated by their breadwinner status never considered it could happen, didn鈥檛 expect it to last, or can鈥檛 find a way to do things differently even when they want to.鈥

Yikes. It sounds like there鈥檚 still quite a few hurdles for us ladies to face even above and beyond our current lagging wage gap.

Do you earn more than your partner? Is it an issue? Let us know @BritandCo!

(h/t Refinery29; photos via Scott Barbour + Chung Sung-Jun/Getty)