A record number of married American women are now earning more money than their husbands, a survey has revealed. An analysis of Census Bureau data by USA Today found that in households where both spouses work, 28 percent of wives now bring home more money than their husbands. Just 25 years ago, only 12 percent of dual-income households saw wives earning more than husbands, reports media.

In a further reflection of the changing times, wives are now the sole breadwinners in 23 percent of households, up from 6 percent in 1976. While gains have certainly been made over the past few decades, women still lag men in the highest levels of their chosen fields.

The study states that in science and engineering, women make up only 21 percent of scientists and engineers employed in business and industry. In science-related university departments, women hold 36 percent of adjunct and temporary faculty positions, but only 28 percent of tenure-track and 16 percent of full professor positions.

In the medical profession, women are only 34 percent of physicians, while they are 91 percent of registered nurses. In law firms, although women make up 45percent of associates, they are only 15 percent of equity partners, the study said.

(Agencies)