The Harried Life of the Working Mother
Women now make up almost half of the U.S. labor force, up from 38% in 1970. This nearly forty-year trend has been fueled by a broad public consensus about the changing role of women in society. A solid majority of Americans (75%) reject the idea that women should return to their traditional roles in society, and most believe that both husband and wife should contribute to the family income.
Some key data points from the project:
- 19% of American agree that women should return to their traditional roles while 75% disagree.
- Among those under age 30, 84% disagree with the idea that women should go back to a more traditional role.
- Only 12% of the public says what's best for a young child is that their mother works full time.
- 40% of working moms say they always feel rushed, compared to 25% of working dads.
Read the full report here.