Mothers Now Top Earners in Four of 10 US Households

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

America's working mothers are now the primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of households with children. That's 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 married mothers who bring in more income than their husbands.

Today, women are more likely than men to hold bachelor's degrees, and they make up nearly half -- 47 percent -- of the American workforce.

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.

The study finds many people aren't sure if it's a positive change.


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