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There’s nothing new about women bringing home the bacon. But a new study shows that women are now the leading – or only — breadwinners in 40 percent of American households. According to a Pew Research Center, women now earn more than men in almost a quarter of U.S. households.  But the research also shows a disproportionate amount of households are now ran by unwed mothers.

Here is a breakdown of all of the Pew Research findings:

  • Both groups of breadwinner mothers, married and single, have grown in size in the past five decades. Of all households with children younger than 18, the share of married mothers who out-earn their husbands has gone up from 4% in 1960 to 15% in 2011, nearly a fourfold increase. During the same period, the share of families led by a single mother has more than tripled (from 7% to 25%).
  • The total family income is higher when the mother, not the father, is the primary breadwinner. In 2011, the median family income was nearly $80,000 for couples in which wife is the primary breadwinner, about $2,000 more than it was for couples in which husband is the primary breadwinner, and $10,000 more than for couples in which spouses’ income is the same.
  • Married mothers are increasingly better educated than their husbands.Even though a majority of spouses have a similar educational background, the share of couples in which the mother has attained a higher education than her spouse has gone up from 7% in 1960 to 23% in 2011. In two-parent families today, 61% have a mother whose education level is similar to her husband’s, 23% have a mother who is better educated than her husband, and 16% have a father who is better educated than his wife.
  • Most people reject the idea that it is bad for a marriage if a wife out-earns her husband. When asked if they agree or disagree that it is generally better for a marriage if a husband earns more than his wife, some 28% of survey respondents say they agree and 63% disagree. When a similar question was asked in 1997, 40% said they agreed. In the new survey, adults with a high school diploma or less were twice as likely as those with a college degree (35% vs. 18%) to say it is generally better for a marriage if a husband out-earns a wife. There were no significant differences between men and women on this question.
  • Today’s single mothers are much more likely to be never married than were single mothers in the past. The share of never married mothers among all single mothers has increased from 4% in 1960 to 44% in 2011. During the same period, the share of single mothers who had children from previous marriages has gone down from 82% to 50%.
  • Never married mothers have a distinctive profile. Compared with single mothers who are divorced, widowed or separated, never married mothers are significantly younger, disproportionally non-white, and have lower education and income. Close to half of never married mothers in 2011 (46%) are ages 30 and younger, six-in-ten are either black (40%) or Hispanic (24%), and nearly half (49%) have a high school education or less. Their median family income was $17, 400 in 2011, the lowest among all families with children.
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  • thetruth

    Does this mean women in Western society can stop complaining about being “oppressed?” There’s never been an oppressed group that rose above the oppressor group.

  • Mademoiselle

    Go get some sun.

    • Mademoiselle

      No. I have no desire to engage your ridiculous dialogue, so your energy would be better wasted outdoors than trying to convince me of your tripe. Or you could stay online and argue with yourself.

    • Right

      The overwhelming majority of men work for someone else and don’t hire anyone or create opportunities. It is funny how men like you so deeply want to hold onto your superiority for what it’s worth by talking about the accomplishments of a minority of men. What have you accomplished? Anyway. Men’s desire to be seen as superior doesn’t really hurt my feelings. I mean dont many, many men feel superior anyway? I don’t really care about these rants. You think you are superior to women? Okay. Whatever.

      Also, by this line of thinking are black men not white men’s equals??? I mean all this hiring and initiative and shouldering is done by white men.

      “Women’s independence is predicated on the foundations and institutions that men build and maintain. If we stop, you’re done. Don’t you ever forget that.”

      What is that even about? Are you that salty and bitter about women being breadwinners or independent of men? Yeah get some sun because your silly fussing about equality wasn’t even relevant, but I’m glad you got that off your chest.

      “The concept based on the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and the ultimate aim is to provide equality in law and equality in social situations, especially in democratic activities and securing equal pay for equal work and for example Equal Rights Amendment in United States”

      Women do not want to be seen as completely the same as men. Gender equality is to most women about fairness and equal rights. It is only very extreme feminists that believe that women can do everything men can do. What rights do you think women do not deserve because they aren’t doing the heavy lifting in society? Stuff like voting? That’s really funny. That one will probably never go away.