More Moms Than Ever Are the Breadwinners

What's Hot


2 Types of Black Marks Might Vanish From Your Credit File SoonBorrow

5 Surprising Benefits of Exercising Outdoors in WinterFamily

6 Ways the Obamacare Overhaul Might Impact Your WalletInsurance

7 Dumb and Costly Moves Homebuyers MakeBorrow

Obamacare Replacement Plan Gets ‘F’ Rating from Consumer ReportsFamily

Beware These 12 Common Money MistakesCredit & Debt

17 Ways to Have More Fun for Less MoneySave

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

30 Household Uses for Baby OilSave

Nearly Half of Heart-Related Deaths Linked to These 10 Foods and IngredientsFamily

10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum WageSave

Boost Your Credit Score Fast With These 7 MovesCredit & Debt

7 Painless Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years EarlierBorrow

Considering a Fixer-Upper? 15 Ways to Avoid a Money PitGrow

This Scam Now Tops ID Theft as the No. 2 Consumer ComplaintFamily

6 Stores With Awesome Reward ProgramsFamily

6 Healthful Treats for Your DogFamily

6 Ways to Save More at Lowe’s and The Home DepotSave

20 Tips for Buying a Home in the Best Location, Location, LocationGrow

30 Awesome Things to Do in RetirementCollege

New Study Ranks the Best States in the U.S.Family

6 Overlooked Ways to Save at Chick-fil-AFamily

The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

House Hunters: Beware of These 6 Mortgage MistakesBorrow

Ask Stacy: How Do I Start Over?Credit & Debt

Secret Cell Plans: Savings Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Don’t Want You to Know AboutFamily

10 Ways to Save When Your Teen Starts DrivingFamily

The True Cost of Bad CreditCredit & Debt

You’ll Soon Pay More to Shop at CostcoSave

Marijuana Stocks Flaming Out Under TrumpFamily

21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right NowSaving Money

In 40 percent of homes with children, Mom is the primary source of income for the family. Is that a good thing?

Whether it’s married moms who out-earn their husbands or single moms taking care of business, a record number of women provide for households with kids under 18.

In 40 percent of households with children, mothers are the only or primary source of income. In 1960, that was true in only 11 percent of homes with kids, a new Pew Research report says.

The data on these breadwinner moms comes mainly from the U.S. Census Bureau, but also from Pew surveys. Here are some of the big takeaways from the new report:

  • 37 percent of breadwinner moms (5.1 million) are married; most are single moms.
  • In the married group, the median household income was $80,000 in 2011; among single moms, it was $23,000.
  • Married moms are increasingly better educated, with 23 percent of those households having a wife who holds a higher degree than her husband.
  • The share of single mothers who have children from previous marriages dropped from 82 percent in 1960 to 50 percent in 2011.

The new Pew survey asked 1,003 adults how they feel about this trend. It found:

  • 74 percent say it’s become harder for parents to raise children.
  • Half say that it’s made having a successful marriage more difficult. 
  • Two-thirds say it’s easier for families to live comfortably.
  • 51 percent say children are better off with stay-at-home, nonworking moms, while just 8 percent say the same about fathers.
  • 28 percent said it’s generally better for a marriage for men to earn more than their wives.

There was “no significant gender gap” between the views of men and women in the new survey, Pew says. In general, men and women were on the same page.

What do you think? Is the trend of more women providing for the family a good one? Let us know on Facebook.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: 8 Great Travel Freebies You Can Get in 2017

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 2,003 more deals!