The breadwinner model is a paradigm of family centered on a breadwinner, "the member of a family who earns the money to support the others". The breadwinner is usually a heterosexual male, as the model is based on patriarchical norms, with the male working outside the home to provide the family with income and benefits such as health insurance. The female usually stays at home and takes care of children and the elderly.
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