Women, Money and Power

As female economic clout grows, it is changing how men and women work, play, shop, share, court and even love each other

If you want to see what the future looks like, consider the Hawkins family of Michigan, whose choices, if they don't already, may one day resemble your own.

The Hawkinses could have stepped out of a Hallmark card: back in the 1970s, Ford engineer Gary Hawkins supported six children while his wife Marcelle stayed home in suburban Detroit to raise them. Now grown, the Hawkins siblings can't tell you when they noticed that everything had changed, only that they have become a family of female breadwinners.

Eldest son Danny graduated from the University of Michigan and took a job in finance,...

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