published Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

WASHINGTON — 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.

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. But the study found the general public is not at all sure that having more working mothers is a good thing.

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