As more and more women make great strides in the workplace, it may seem like we’ve made more progress than we actually have. After all, American women are still held back by a dearth of affordable childcare options and federal parental leave policies. And even as gender roles evolve, traditional expectations leave many women saddled with more domestic labor.
But this tension persists even in countries that are more supportive of working mothers. Recent research found that in Sweden, often considered one of the most egalitarian countries in the world, a major promotion increased the rate of divorce for married women—but not for men. Women who were elected mayor or parliamentarian were at higher risk of getting divorced than men whose career followed the same trajectory. And women who were appointed CEO were more than twice as likely to get divorced within three years as their male counterparts.
So we decided to ask five working women who have gotten divorced to reflect on how their relationships soured when they found career success. Here’s what they had to say