Saturday, July 27, 2013
From Margaret Ryznar, writing for the Huffington Post:
The Pew Research Center recently announced that mothers are the primary breadwinners in 40
percent of American households. Forty percent, in many minds, invokes
the image of an almost equal participation of moms and dads in the
workforce and at home. Commentators and media outlets have seized the
opportunity to discuss the father's domestic role and the
disproportionate impact of the recession on men. Many have viewed this
as the advancement of women in the workforce.
However, a closer look at the numbers, in conjunction with birth data, suggests otherwise. Notably, while mothers are the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households, the same percentage of births are to unmarried mothers. Although the two populations do not perfectly overlap -- not every female breadwinner is a single mother -- they do to a surprisingly significant extent. Specifically, 8.6 million (63 percent) of women breadwinners in the United States are single mothers. A further analysis of the numbers reveals the startling fact that 25 percent of all breadwinners in the United States are single mothers earning a median income of $23,000 per year.
Read more here.