More Women Have Become Homeowners and Heads of Household. Could the Pandemic Undo That Progress?

Updated: Sep 28, 2021

March 16, 2021 | Laurie Goodman, Jung Hyun Choi, and Jun Zhu

Members of Her Own Home.

Over the past 30 years, women have increased their presence in the housing market, with the homeownership rate of households led by women rising while the homeownership rate of households led by men falls.

This reflects two factors: today, more women are head of household, and women have reached higher education and income levels, which can put homeownership into reach.

What do the data reveal about women’s growing presence in the housing market? And what are the implications?

Half of all households are now headed by women

Thirty years ago, in married, heterosexual households, a male partner was generally the main breadwinner and considered the household head.

Over the past 30 years,