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    Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

    News from The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's working mothers are now the primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of households with children - 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 families with 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. Still, the general public is not at all sure that having more working mothers is a good thing.
    Staggering is that 63 percent of these mothers are single, and that the income gap between a single working mother and married couples is enormous - $23K versus $80K.

    This percentage is rising fast and will become an increasing burden on social welfare programs and entitlements in the future.
    In all, 13.7 million U.S. households with children under age 18 now include mothers who are the main breadwinners. Of those, 5.1 million, or 37 percent, are married, while 8.6 million, or 63 percent, are single. The income gap between the families is large - $80,000 in median family income for married couples vs. $23,000 for single mothers.

    Both groups of breadwinner moms - married and unmarried - have grown sharply.

    Among all U.S. households with children, the share of married breadwinner moms has jumped from 4 percent in 1960 to 15 percent in 2011. For single mothers, the share has increased from 7 percent to 25 percent.
    I tell my daughters often that the single most important decision they will make in life is who they decide to marry and have children with. Marry well - meaning someone is who is responsible, committed to the marriage, and driven to provide - and life is relatively straightforward and easy to manage. Latch on to a loser, or get knocked up by a neanderthal, and life will be a difficult struggle to the end of their days.

    Whether or not they work is irrelevant (my wife and I do, and my daughters are go-getters and probably will, too), and not the real point of this story, imo. It's about having two parents to tackle the daily needs and challenges of finances and raising children PROPERLY, not to mention the invaluable example of 'family' that is set for their kids.

    This is exactly what is crippling America's black community and keeping it from participating in the American dream. And it is exactly what Democrats prey on for their voting base. Minorities, struggling single mothers, and the possible influx of suddenly legalized illegals, and the socialized state of America will be set in concrete. The numbers will be too great for the bootstrappers and real 'pillar' Americans to ever lead again.

    What a sad, needy, dependent country this has become.

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    Re: Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

    Shouldn't women be the top earner in 5/10 households?

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    Re: Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Shouldn't women be the top earner in 5/10 households?
    Well it looks at households with kids, so no. Not all women have kids.

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    Re: Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Shouldn't women be the top earner in 5/10 households?
    A lot of women choose or prefer to stay at home to raise their children, so no.

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    Re: Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    A lot of women choose or prefer to stay at home to raise their children, so no.
    Not where they're the top earner. My ex-wife made (and still does make) twice what I do. When one of us had to quit working for a short time, I did.


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    Re: Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

    So, half the population should not be the higher wage 50% of the time? Nonsense. Learn math, people!

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    Re: Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

    Just because a woman makes more than her husband doesn't mean he is a loser or a Neanderthal. Currently I am the breadwinning mother of my family. My husband works construction and when it slowed down our roles reversed and he stayed home with the baby and I provided. He is now working again though not getting 40 hours and I have moved up so I am making ok money but still more than him. Does not make us sad or needy and I will not be made to feel bad because I make more and I am a woman or that my husband isn't "driven to provide" because he makes less.
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    Re: Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Not where they're the top earner. My ex-wife made (and still does make) twice what I do. When one of us had to quit working for a short time, I did.
    Makes sense to me. But it's not always true. Pretty sure most of us know somebody who was the top-earner but chucked it all.

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    Re: Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    So, half the population should not be the higher wage 50% of the time? Nonsense. Learn math, people!
    You learn math, and science. Until men start having babies (and developing nurturing motherly instincts), you're going to have a lot of stay-at-home moms.

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    Re: Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    You learn math, and science. Until men start having babies (and developing nurturing motherly instincts), you're going to have a lot of stay-at-home moms.
    And now that women have choices that their mothers or grandmothers did not, you're going to have a lot of women who choose to work too.

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