When alimony laws were first established in a lot of states, women only made up a fraction of the workforce. As a result, a majority of women relied on their husband's income to provide them with financial stability. Divorce was a figurative death sentence for a lot of women because it left them unable to support themselves financially unless they were able to secure alimony payments.
But times have changed - obviously - and now, women make up nearly 47 percent of the workforce, according to a graph for the United States Department of Labor. In many households, men are no longer considered the "bread winners," but rather women are. As you can imagine, this has created a unique dynamic in our culture that causes men and women alike to hesitate when asking for alimony during divorce proceedings.