Growing Trend, Moms Bringing Home The Bacon

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(CNN) - There's a growing trend in the U.S., more dads are staying home with the kids while mom pays the bills.  Poppy Harlow reports on professional women who are the bread winners.

Poppy:  "Who earns more?"
Erin: "I do"
David: "By a wide margin"

Welcome to life with the Wetty's and the Landry's.

Erin: "I'm out the door by 7:45 on my way to work and that's when Dave takes over fulltime."

professional stay-at-home dads, and their working wives -- bringing home the bacon.
David: "We have a little star tower. He loves it."
Brett" "He has his little cars and his hotwheels."
Poppy: "Does it also take mental adjustment and deriving your worth from something other than your job?"
Brett:"Yeah there would be days when I would be at the supermarket amongst all the other moms shopping and I'm thinking hmmm. I'm home, they're home, I should be working but I'm home with my kid.  What do they think of me?"

Nearly 40% of married working women in the U.S. now out-earn their husbands.

A trend that's been steadily increasing since the late 1980s.
That-despite that fact that women working full-time *still* earn a median wage lower than men.
Liza" "Women are on track to become majority bread winners in families where women work and most women do work. If we keep going at the same rate, by 2030 a majority of working wives, will out earn their husbands."

Liza Mundy is the author of "The Richer Sex".
Liza: "Long term structural changes in the economy are favoring women."

The pill...education...and the man-cession.
Brett: "(laughs) The recession happened, my job started to become harder and harder and she was making more...

Today 57% of college students are women -- and more women are getting masters and Phd's than men.  Which is translating into higher-paying jobs.
Poppy: "Do you guys think we're seeing a societal shift here? Something pretty dramatic?"
Brett: "I think so. The recession put a lot of people out of work and gave women the opportunity to say look, I've gone to college, I can do this, I'm going to prove myself and men now have to prove to themselves, to the world that anyone can stay home with their kid."
Dave: "I think the recession also taught people that your job doesn't define you and if you do it'll crush you."
Poppy: "Does this mean the downfall of men?"
Liza: "By no means is it the downfall of men, I think it will be a real liberation for men in terms of not being trapped by that job that you hate, that you had to take to support a wife and children."

Dave: "Explaining to my dad that I do have a real job was a challenge because he is a very corporate type, but I'm more the "haha, you have to go to work. I don't" (laughs)"

In fact, a new pew study found 66% of women age 18-34 rate career high on their list of priorities -- compared with 59% of young men.

A reversal in trend from the mid 90s.
Erin: "Best part is that I still get to enjoy being a litigator as well as being a mom"
Stephanie : "I'm really genuinely honored that he has the ability to do this."

In Atlanta, Poppy Harlow, CNN Money.