Moms as Primary Wage Earners

This just-released report from Pew – Breadwinner Moms – shows that in  40% of households with children under 18, the mother is either the sole source of family income or outearns the father. These figures are based on Pew’s examining Census Bureau figures from 1960 to 2011. Included in this report are public perceptions of working moms, single moms, and changing gender roles. More key points are published, among them: median household incomes are higher when the working mother earns more than the working father; the share of never-married mothers has increased from 4% in 1960 t0 44% in 2011; and 23% of mothers have a higher education level in 2011 as compared to 7% in 1960. Links to relevant Pew reports are also listed.

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