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Published May 29, 2013, 06:05 PM

Women continue to serve more and more as breadwinners of the family

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More women than ever before are "bringing home the bacon" for their families.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More women than ever before are "bringing home the bacon" for their families.

Numbers are up, now with nearly half of American households having a female as the primary or sole source of income.

WDAY 6 Reporter Kay Cooley joins us to introduce us to a Moorhead family, making what some call an unconventional setup work.

Here in the Fargo Moorhead area, families walking the streets downtown are made up of all different roles and responsibilities, sometimes going against what some may consider "traditional” but proving to be just as successful.

While many men are 9 to 5 at the office.

Lukas Brandon, Stay at Home Dad: "Mostly a stay at home dad."

Lukas Brandon has his hands full and is proud of it.

Lukas Brandon: "The first year or two I would be sort of stung when say a male acquaintance would say ‘Oh you’re doing Daddy Daycare.’"

In addition to working part time, he homeschools the family's two children while wife Janelle works full time as marketing director at the Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

Janelle Brandon, Library Marketing Director: "Everything is going to be fine at home. You go get it"

Doing what makes sense economically for their family while challenging traditional gender roles.

Janelle Brandon: "I go in the face of that, you know, we're out all day, we'll go from park to park."

They're not alone. Forty percent of U.S. households with children now have women as the sole or primary breadwinner, up from just 11 percent in 1960 and about 22 percent in 1980

Aileen Buslig, Concordia Women’s Studies: "I've seen this coming for a while. We kind of consider ourselves to be on the edge of what's going to become more and more common."

Paving the way for families of all different shapes and sizes.

Janelle Brandon: "I'm so glad to hear that they're embracing their careers and wanting to move forward and I'm also really proud of men."

Lukas Brandon: "It wouldn't be possible for me to do this kind of satisfying work without my wife being willing to be our primary breadwinner. And without her being able to follow that more kind of career based track, I would be missing out on all this fun."

Experts say the increase could come after the recession forced men out of jobs and rising education levels for women.

The study was done by the Pew Research Center and includes both married mothers who make more money than their husbands and single moms.