A record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The share was just 11% in 1960.
The income gap between the two groups is quite large. The median total family income of married mothers who earn more than their husbands was nearly $80,000 in 2011, well above the national median of $57,100 for all families with children, and nearly four times the $23,000 median for families led by a single mother.
The groups differ in other ways as well. Compared with all mothers with children under age 18, married mothers who out-earn their husbands are slightly older, disproportionally white and college educated. Single mothers, by contrast, are younger, more likely to be black or Hispanic, and less likely to have a college degree.
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The next time you see a father out shopping with his kids, you might need to check your assumptions. “I’ll get the, ‘Oh, look, it’s a dad! That’s so sweet!’ “says Jonathan Heisey-Grove, a stay-at-home father of two young boys in Alexandria, Va., who is pretty sure the other person assumes he’s just giving Mom … Continue reading »
Mothers with infant children1 in the U.S. today are more educated than they ever have been. In 2011, more than six-in-ten (66%) had at least some college education, while 34% had a high school diploma or less and just 14% lacked a high school diploma, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. … Continue reading »
Talented Working Mothers: 28 percent of women with Harvard MBAs had left the workforce 15 years after receiving their degree
A 2009 study from University of Califirnia Berkeley Haas School of Business found that 28 percent of women with Harvard MBAs had left the workforce 15 years after receiving their degree. A 2010 study of MBAs from top business schools by University of Chicago Booth School of Business found that hours and labor force participation … Continue reading »
Mothers who work full-time earn 21 per cent less than men, a report revealed yesterday. But even women without children are victims of Britain’s gender pay gap. On average, they earn 7 per cent less than men in full-time jobs, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said. ‘Women pay a high price for motherhood,’ … Continue reading »
Single mothers are raising more of America’s children than ever before. And for many of them, the economic precipice is creeping closer and closer. For decades the number of single-parent families has climbed higher, with the overwhelming majority of these households led by women. In 1960, just 5 million children under 18 lived with only … Continue reading »
The layoff notice was not a complete surprise. At the shipping centre in Denver where Jeanine Maez filled mail orders, the trend had been toward paperless transactions. But how Maez reacted to being unemployed in 2004 was a revelation, even to herself: She decided not to look for a new job in favour of staying … Continue reading »
In a recent “Parents & Work” survey conducted by FlexJobs from November 14 – 30th, 2012, 725 parents were asked about how work affects them and their families. The questions considered the issues working parents think about and confront on a regular basis, and how work flexibility might impact those. The results showed that working … Continue reading »
Finding the right job as a working parent is no easy task. It can be hard to juggle a family and a job, but there are jobs that make it easier for parents to balance life and work. Along with a good salary, parents often need jobs that offer flexible hours and even work-from-home opportunities. …Continue reading »
The report Unemployment from a Child’s Perspective written by Julia Isaacs examines unemployment from a child’s perspective, reporting that 6.2 million children lived in families with unemployed parents in 2012. ( Adapted chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor to follow) When a parent loses a job, the entire family is affected, including the children. Money is suddenly tighter, and what … Continue reading »
Most parents with below-poverty incomes who are raising minor children are married. according to Married … without Means Poverty and Economic Hardship Among Married Americans by Shawn Fremstad The failure of many policy elites to recognize the extent of marital poverty covers up the profound economic struggles of millions of married parents. The paper concludes that to reduce …Continue reading »
Some parents could be forced out of work and into poverty as the rising cost of childcare outstrips wage rises, says a report. A survey by the Daycare Trust charity showed that the average cost of nursery care in Britain for children under two rose by nearly 6% last year. Average wages rose by just … Continue reading »