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More Moms Stay-at-Home

August 26, 2003

The number of stay-at-home moms is rising for the first time since the 1950s, according to the Census Bureau, suggesting a shift toward greater commitment to marriage and family in general.

  • Some 10.5 million children have full-time stay-at-home moms, a 13 percent increase over the last decade.
  • Only 189,000 children have stay-at-home dads.
  • Exposure to financial risk if the marriage fails.
  • Reduced family income in the long-run
  • Even a few years out of the workforce reduces a woman's long-term earnings.

The rise in stay-at-home moms, despite these economic forces, suggests a rise in the impulse of motherhood and commitment to family, by both the stay-at-home woman and her income-earning husband, says the Bureau.

Source: Maggie Gallagher, "Mom's home -- for good,", June 30, 2003.


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