BREADWINNER: Summerland Credit Union chief financial officer Sally-Anne Cumine is happy to see more women in high powered roles.
BREADWINNER: Summerland Credit Union chief financial officer Sally-Anne Cumine is happy to see more women in high powered roles. Marc Stapelberg

Women starting to overtake men as bread winners

WOMEN in almost 40% of Australian households now claim to be the main bread winners according to new data by consumer, industry and market research data company Ray Morgan.

It's a statistic that doesn't come as a surprise to Lismore Summerland Credit Union chief financial officer Sally-Anne Cumine who said her organisation is bursting with breadwinning women.

"In Summerland we've got almost 80% women in our workforce and I know a lot of my direct reports in my team are the main breadwinners in their family, like myself," Ms Cumine said.

She has worked for 18 years in what has traditionally been a male dominated industry and said there were a lot of skills women could bring to the workforce.

"I think women do naturally push that extra mile anyway. I think we're very good at collaborating."

She said women who chose to spend their time on family instead of the corporate ladder shouldn't be judged.

"A lot of people they want to look after their children or they want to work part time so they can do more things for their family.

"You can be very successful but it's about what makes you happy in life and what you're priorities are.

"I know for myself, and other people I work with, the best things is to have supportive partners and families."

The number of women as breadwinner is up 10.7% since 2008, when 28.8% of women identified themselves as the main earner in the home.

The research looked at women who were married or in de facto relationships.

Surprisingly, the figures did not correlate with a fall in the number of men reporting to be the main breadwinner, which has remained at about 85%.

The research company said this could be attributed to some people considering themselves the main income earner when they are not.



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