Mothers Now Top Earners in 4 in 10 US Households

I just saw an interesting story from ABC News and it made me think about the decisions my mother made when she chose to work decades before.

America’s working mothers are now the primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of households with children — a milestone in the changing face of modern families, up from just 11 percent in 1960.

The findings by the Pew Research Center, released Wednesday, highlight the growing influence of “breadwinner moms” who keep their families afloat financially. While most are headed by single mothers, a growing number are families with married mothers who bring in more income than their husbands.

Demographers say the change is all but irreversible and is likely to bring added attention to child-care policies as well as government safety nets for vulnerable families. Still, the general public is not at all sure that having more working mothers is a good thing.

What do you think?

1 thought on “Mothers Now Top Earners in 4 in 10 US Households

  1. I don’t care. I don’t have kids, or am married.but at least it will dispel that bullshit statistic about women making 70 cents of every dollar every man makes. Because I still see more females in management than men.

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