More Women Are Their Family’s Sole Breadwinner Than Ever Before

Source: Motto

Dec. 20, 2016

More women are bringing home the bacon than ever before.

According to a new report from the Center for American Progress, 42% of mothers were the sole or primary family breadwinner last year. An additional 22.4% were co-breadwinners, meaning that they were responsible for between 25 to 49% of total family earnings. This new data represents a continued increase over the past few years, according to the report.

Black and Latina women are more likely to be a family’s sole breadwinner, with 70.7% of black mothers and 40.5% of Latina mothers bringing home the majority of a family’s income (in comparison to 37.4% of white mothers.) And most of the women accounted for in those statistics are single mothers — only about 25% of black mothers and 40% were married.

“With the majority of women working for pay, and their earnings being so vital to the economic well-being of their families, the days of full-time, stay-at-home mothers are long past,” the report says. “Women are crucial economic actors for their families, local communities, and the overall U.S. economy.”

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