The results of a new research survey out of Marks & Spencer Money in London says that one-third of British women are financially independent, with a quarter earning at least as much as their partners, primarily men. That's a rather startling figure.

If you go back to 1985, a mere 20 years ago, and compare women's finances then with now, you will find that there's been a big growth spurt. In fact, a 47 percent increase in the number of women who are now in full-time jobs or who own a nice portfolio of savings and investments. In Britain, you're talking about 7.2 million women who meet that criterion.

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