The latest research on working moms was released by the Pew Research Center. While some things have remained the same (women still do more housework than men do), there has been movement (men do housework twice as much as they did in 1965.)
American motherhood has changed in many ways since Mother’s Day was first celebrated more than 100 years ago. Today’s moms are more educated than ever before. A majority of women with a young child are in the labor force, and more mothers are serving as their family’s sole or primary “breadwinner.” At the same time, the share of women who are stay-at-home moms has increased in recent years.
For me, the most fascinating part of the article referred to the pressure women face to be involved in their child’s life.
Roughly eight-in-ten adults (77%) say women face a lot of pressure to be an involved parent; a significantly smaller share (56%) says the same about men.
Even after year’s of progress, I still get flack from the other parents of our sports teams when I don’t stay for every practice or even games. (I mean, I’ve got 3 kids to chauffeur and a business to run – come on!) Yet, there are no questions asked when their father cannot make it to a game or practice because he is working.
At the same time, fathers get much more pressure to financially provide for their children. This, despite a growing trends of women as the family breadwinner, either as a single parent or as the parent earning more money.
We’ve come a long way… but we still have far to go.