National Catholic Register

Culture of Life

Wives in Charge

Facts of Life

BY The Editors

October 19-25, 2008 Issue | Posted 10/14/08 at 1:58 PM

 

Women rule the roost, and men aren’t putting up a fight over it. Asked by the Pew Research Center who has the final say in four key “power” areas — household finances, weekend activities, major purchases and TV choices — 43% of surveyed couples indicated that the woman calls the shots. Only 26% said the man is in charge of those things, while 31% reported that they share the decisions equally. This data adds a whole new wrinkle to what Pope John Paul II called “the feminine genius” — and may spark some lively discussions of Ephesians 5:22-33.