Hilary Thompson, a Salt Lake City-based sleep expert with a mattress company, is currently the main breadwinner in her family, and like most women in her situation, she's generally fine with that.
But below the surface, she has some angst over her financial situation.
"I am the main breadwinner in my household," Thompson says. "My husband was supporting us until recently, but business declined a couple of years ago for his small company and I had to change careers to earn more money, which I did happily. I felt it was my turn to support us all."
But money is still tight, and that's not helping a larger fear Thompson has over household personal finances.
"I have always had anxiety about money issues - a lot more than my husband seems to have," she says. "Sometimes it even keeps me up at night. I think generally women worry more about security than men do - especially when the well-being of their children is at stake."
Thompson is hardly alone. Data show that women - even as they increasingly take the reins as primary household winners - are generally more worried about money than men.
"While the pay gap and taking career breaks for motherhood have all contributed to women retiring with much less savings than men, recent research reveals a growing concern from females over whether retirement will be a possibility at all," notes Michelle Hutchison, a money expert at Finder.com.
The study Hutchison refers to, commissioned by Finder.com, found that while the majority of Americans believed they would retire between 60 and 70, a surprising number feared they won't ever be able to retire. In fact, almost one in three (32%) believed they won't be able to retire until they're over 70, or not at all.