Is a pejorative term for women's earnings which suggests that most women work to obtain a modest supplement to the earnings of their male partners. It is based on the assumption that men are the primary breadwinners within the labour market and that the involvement of women in paid work is temporary and of secondary importance. It may also be used to justify lower earnings for women on the grounds that women's pay is not the means through which the primary needs of subsistence are met. [See family wage.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.