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Working Moms Top Breadwinners In 40 Percent Of U.S. Homes — Study

Thu, May 30, 2013 2:36pm EDT by Add first Comment
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More mamas are bringing home the bacon. A new study reveals that women are the top earners in 40 percent of American homes — up from just 11 percent in 1960! Are YOU shocked?

Gender and social roles have dramatically changed in the United States, and a new study has reflected moms in the workforce are more influential than ever.

Working Moms The Primary Or Sole Breadwinners In Households

A record 40 percent of women are now the sole or primary earners in their households with children under the age of 18, according to a study released on May 29 by the Pew Research Center.

The record figure is up from just 11 percent in 196o, and includes groups of single mothers and married moms. Married moms account for 37 percent of the breadwinning group, and the remaining 67 percent are single. But there is a drastic difference in incomes from both categories — single moms have a median household income of $23,000, while married mothers who earn more than their husbands have a combined family income of $80,000.

Study Reflects Social Changes In Working Women

“This change is just another milestone in the dramatic transformation we have seen in family structure and family dynamics over the past 50 years or so,” Kim Parker, associate director with the Pew Social & Demographic Trends Project, said, according to the Daily Mail. 

“Women’s roles have changed, marriage rates have declined — the family looks a lot different than it used to,” she adds. “The rise of breadwinner moms highlights the fact that, not only are more mothers balancing work and family these days, but the economic contributions mothers are making to their households have grown immensely.”

What do YOU think of the study, HollyMoms? Are you the primary breadwinner in your family? Let us know in the comments!

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