American working mothers have earned a new distinction of being the primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of households with children. The milestone is said to be changing the face of modern families in America where earlier the numbers just used to be about 11 percent in 1960.
The report was released by Pew Research Center on Wednesday, to highlight the sheer influence of “breadwinner moms” in their families to keep them afloat financially. The data for this study while mostly comprised of single mothers but the number of families with married mothers who contribute more financially than their husbands is also on the increase.
In demographers opinion the new trend can’t be reversed and will prompt policy makers to pay added attention to child-care policies as well as government sponsored safety nets for vulnerable families. However, the general public is still not sure that having more working mothers is really good news.
As about 79 percent of Americans are against the idea of women returning to their traditional roles, only 21 percent of those participated in the poll said, the trend of more mothers of young children working outside is a good sign for society, according to the Pew survey.