Women today are working harder and earning more money than their mothers at the same age, and that's helped some of the nation's poorest families move up the economic ladder.
Still, a new Pew Charitable Trusts report finds that men's earnings continue to be the more important factor in bulking up the family paycheck.
"Family economic mobility continues to be driven by the earnings of men, despite (the) significant gains women have made," said Diana Elliott, a research officer with Pew's Economic Mobility Project.
For example, today's daughters still haven't caught up with their fathers. The researchers found that the median—or midpoint—of hourly wages for working women today is still lower than it was for their fathers, after adjusting for inflation.