Mom's the 'Breadwinner' for 40% of US Families
But in many cases, it's because she's a struggling single parent
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 29, 2013 10:59 AM CDT
Working moms are getting a lot more common.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – You kids had better respect your moms: In a skyrocketing number of American homes, she's the one putting food on the table as stay-at-home moms become things of the past. Women are now the primary or only income source for 40% of US households with kids, according to a new Pew survey. But that number might not be the cause for celebration it sounds like, because much of that 40% is made up of struggling single moms.

About 37% of these "breadwinner moms" are married women who earn more than their husbands, and their families are doing quite well, with a median income of $80,000—well above the national average. But the other 63% are single mothers, with a median family income of just $23,000. One sociologist also tells the Washington Post that the trend may owe something to the disproportionate job losses suffered by men in the great recession. And the public is divided on whether working motherhood is even a good thing, with 51% telling Pew that kids are better off if mom stays home. (Maybe guys feel that way because female breadwinners are more likely to ditch them.)

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KimKendall
May 30, 2013 8:00 AM CDT
so was gloria steinum a corporate agent that used the idea of womens rights to flood the work force with new job seekers at reduced wages and increased controllability? the second wave seems to be illegals. and women claim they have it together. dupes of corporate america:)
good2geaux
May 29, 2013 10:54 PM CDT
Well ladies, welcome to liberation at its best. We bought into the lie- hook, line, and sinker! Now, we sink. They told us sex was an entitlement, even when we are barely old enough to understand it; they told us we could avoid getting pregnant by filling our bodies with chemicals a man would never ingest or killing our own offspring while it was still in our body; and then that that we could be it all- mom, dad, worker, caregiver, etc. So now we run around breeding like animals, making our bodies sick trying to avoid the natural result of sex, and then make ourselves depressed, stressed, and miserable trying to provide for innocent children. Somebody had a plan for how all this was supposed to work. If I say who, then you'll all write me off as a religious nut.
$3586407
May 29, 2013 5:36 PM CDT
Well, in an 'equal' society, the ladies have another 10% slack to pick up, no?