Here's How The Duggar Women Make Money Despite Their No-Working Rule

The Duggar family began their TLC journey on the reality show 19 Kids & Counting. They appeared, at first glance, to offer a squeaky-clean version of family life in America. Parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, along with their troupe of children, seemed to offer a cute (and very fertile) version of the American dream.

Unfortunately, as time went on, scandals came out about the family, most notably concerning son Josh Duggar. In 2015, reports surfaced that Josh allegedly molested five girls, including at least two sisters, according to USA Today. The scandal threw the family into turmoil and tarnished what had previously been a pristine reputation.

Afterward, other facts about the Duggar family started to arise, hinting that they lived a double life. These were less serious, but still noteworthy. The Duggar family reportedly follows a way of life called "Christian Patriarchy," or the "Quiverfull Movement," according to Radar Online. This ideology teaches that men are the head of the household and women are subservient and obedient to them. According to Patheos, "The husband leads, the wife submits, and the children obey."

In this movement, women are not allowed to work or have a career, per Patheos. And yet, many of the Duggar women seem to pursue various ways of making money. So what exactly do they do for cash? And how do they get around their "no-working" rule? Here's how it all works.

Why the Duggar women aren't supposed to work

The Duggar family allegedly follows a way of life called "Christian Patriarchy," which means that "women must always be under male authority," according to Patheos.

This way of life has an economic bent to it as well. A woman is expected to bear children, raise them, and build up her husband "as a man through her affirmation and obedience," per Patheos. This means a woman is not meant to work: "[W]omen are never to work outside of the home in any capacity – even if their families desperately need the money," according to Patheos.

Despite the strictness of this way of life, many of the Duggar women seem to find loopholes in making money. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's daughter, Jinger Duggar (pictured above, second from left with her sisters), is a primary example. Jinger married Jeremy Vuolo and together, they moved to Los Angeles in 2019, according to People. In her new location, Jinger is actively trying to become an Instagram influencer — a profession that can bring in a lot of money. The only problem is that it's not going as planned for Jinger.

Jinger Duggar gets dropped by a brand

Jinger Duggar has been more active with sponsored content than some of the other Duggars, especially since she moved to Los Angeles with her husband Jeremy Vuolo. According to CheatSheet, Jinger's "had sponsorships with Ruggable, Fonuts, Rebecca Minkoff, and many other products and apps that she's advertised on her Instagram."

However, the gigs haven't always worked out. In December 2019, Jinger had a collaboration arranged with Fonuts, a Los Angeles-based donut shop, according to In Touch. However, the company suddenly pulled out of the partnership and shared the news on their social media accounts. The decision may have been based on the Duggar family scandal as well as their very conservative values.

"We apologize for our recent poor choice of promotional partner," Fonuts said, per In Touch. "We were shocked and dismayed to learn about who we were associating with. We recognize we really made a mistake by not properly researching them."

The post added, "We have ended our partnership with Jinger Vuolo and the company that introduced us. We would like you all to know, we promise to be more diligent in the future and will only work with people who truly represent our core values of kindness, inclusivity and transparency. We are so sorry, and we really hope you will forgive us for this mistake."

According to In Touch, someone commented: "[She] and her family preach against people different than them while their closets are full of skeletons."

Jill Duggar runs her own midwife company

Sponsored content on Instagram seems to be the most popular way for the Duggar women to make some extra cash. According to In Touch, Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard frequently post specific content about restaurants or share photos of their children holding up kids' books. However, In Touch notes that they don't always add the "#ad" identifier, so it's unclear whether they're getting paid to post or if they're just thanking the brand for free stuff.

This isn't all Jill does. According to Radar Online, Jill launched her own midwife company in 2018 called Labor Sit. She even helped her sister Joy-Anna Duggar while she was in labor with her son Gideon in 2018, according to Inquisitr. However, there's some skepticism about Jill's certifications. Per Radar Online, Jill has a certified professional midwife (CPM) competency certificate.

According to People, "CPMs are not required to hold a nursing or other credential and are not authorized to prescribe medication, but require knowledge and experience of out-of-hospital settings." The site also adds that regulations for CPMs vary state by state.

For women who aren't "supposed" to work, the Duggar women certainly seem busy, and they're definitely earning at least some cash.