Mothers In The US Are Main Breadwinners More Than Anywhere Else

For the longest time ever, the idea of having a stay at home mom was dominant in the U.S, but recent studies show that this is no longer the case anymore.

In fact, nearly two-thirds of mothers in the U.S. have become the primary, sole, or co-breadwinners for their families in 2015.

Part of the reason for this rising trend of working mothers is the fact that nearly a quarter of US households are led by single mothers.

A deeper look into the numbers showed that race, location, and the level of education matters as well. For example, it was more likely for a Latina/African American woman to be bringing in a majority of their family’s income (~70% for African Americans and 40% for Latinas) as opposed to a white woman (37%).

Also, it was more likely for woman from the midwest to be a major breadwinner in the family compared to a woman from the west coast.

Another fact worth noting was that women who were more educated had a higher chance of being the breadwinners or co-breadwinners in the family, while women with lower levels of education were more likely to be the primary or sole source of their family income.

The numbers can be sliced and diced even further to account for different age groups, income brackets, and other factors.

In the end, even though there may be discrepancies here and there, the overall message is clear: women are taking a bigger role both in the workplace and in their families.

The report’s author Sarah Jane Glynn summed it up best:

“As more and more mothers enter the workforce and become breadwinners for their families, workers need family-friendly policies that are responsive to their needs. This is especially true for black and Latina mothers, who make up a disproportionate share of breadwinners.”

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Lara Elfeghaly

Lara hails from Beirut, Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 2012 with an eye on working in NYC. After getting her degree in economics and finance, she held multiple roles in the finance industry, the most recent being a project finance analyst at GE Capital. When she's not at her job building financial models, she enjoys traveling to sunny places and writing what comes to her mind.