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," Townhall.com, June 30, 2003.
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