Sexes: Dual Careers, Doleful Dilemmas

When husband and wife work, whose ambitions come first?

She loved the job. No wonder, then, that Elizabeth Dole agonized long and publicly before stepping down as Secretary of Transportation last month to help her husband, Senate Minority Leader Robert Dole, in his bid for the presidency. Her quandary struck a resonant chord in men and women across the nation who increasingly confront the same dilemma: when both spouses enjoy satisfying careers, which one takes precedence?

According to Government statistics, husband-and-wife wage earners now make up 56% of American marriages. Not surprisingly, some traditional expectations are giving way to new realities. It is now the dutiful husband who may find...

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