A new study says moms are the breadwinners in four out of ten households. Sounds like a victory for progressive thinking and women’s equality in the workforce, right?
That’s all fine and dandy until you really break down the statistics and see that this ration is because most of those women are either single mothers or married to a man who is unemployed, so they have no competition to be the breadwinners.
This means that women aren’t necessarily receiving equal pay as one would hope in the twenty-first century, but rather they are only becoming the breadwinners when there literally is no other option.
The Pew Research survey findings showed some depressing statistics, such as the fact that a whopping 40 percent of births now occur out of wedlock, leading to children being raised by single mothers.
While we would never doubt a single mother’s ability to raise a child, the statistics show it can be difficult from a financial standpoint, as the median family income for married couples is $80,000, while the median income for a single mother is $23,000.
Raising kids can be a full-time job in its own right and most mothers who work would prefer to work part-time, but this is simply not an option for many.
It’s always nice to find an easy solution, but with the economic and political state of this country, there truly is no easy answer. There seems to be such a disconnect between wages and cost of living for the working class that is apparently irreversible. What can be done to improve the wages of mothers in the United States?