News from The Associated Press
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.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.
This percentage is rising fast and will become an increasing burden on social welfare programs and entitlements in the future.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.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.
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.