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STUDY: Moms Are Breadwinners in 40% of Households

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When it comes to the Benjamins, it seems to be more about the moms.

Turns out, mothers are the only or the main breadwinner in 40 percent of American households, according to a study by the Pew Research Center released on May 29. This is a sharp increase from just over 50 years ago, in 1960, when working moms accounted for a mere 11 percent of households.

The women in the study are moms who have children under 18 who either out-earn their husbands or are single mothers, according to the Los Angeles Times. Not only that, but the paper reports that there's a significant disparity when it comes to the family incomes of the married vs. single moms.

"The median total family income of married mothers who earn more than their husbands was nearly $80,000 in 2011, well above the national median of $57,100 for all families with children, and nearly four times the $23,000 median for families led by a single mother," the study reports.

A new, complementary study by the Pew Research Center, however, shows that the public is conflicted about the effect of working moms' advancement. Seventy-four percent of respondents say that the increasing number of working moms makes it "harder for parents to raise children," while half say it's made marriages harder to succeed.

"At the same time," the study reports, "two-thirds say it has made it easier for families to live comfortably."

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