Most Americans think moms should stay home
Despite career advances for women, a majority of people think kids are better off if their mothers don't work.
Many working moms have it tough, putting in eight-hour days at the office, only to come home and pull a "second shift" of housecleaning and cooking. On top of that comes the never-ending debate about whether families are better off with both parents working or one staying at home.
That divisive issue is shown in a stark light with the latest Pew Research Center poll called Breadwinner Moms. With well-known female executives (and moms) such as Yahoo (YHOO) chief executive Marissa Mayer and Facebook (FB) chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg reaping millions in annual compensation, perhaps it's no surprise that the survey found women are the sole or primary providers in 40% of U.S. homes.
While that might strike some people as showing gains for women in the workforce, the study also sheds light on how Americans view gender roles. What Pew found isn't reassuring: Working moms remain a divisive issue.
Fifty-one percent of respondents said children are better off with the mother at home. Only one-third agree that the kids are just as well off if the mother works, the study found.
Working fathers, though, don't invite such qualms. About three-quarters said children are just as well off if the father works. Only 8% believe kids are better off if the father stays at home.
Those views aren't keeping moms out of the workplace, however. About two-thirds of women with kids younger than 6 were either working or looking for a job, up from 39% in 1975, the study notes.
Given that more moms are working while the issue remains hugely divisive may go a long way toward explaining the so-called "mommy wars," in which stay-at-home moms and working mothers bicker about who has made the right choice for their kids.
But the fact is, many families can't afford to have one parent remain at home, given stagnant household incomes and rising costs nearly everywhere, from the grocery aisle to the doctor's office to the gas station. Two-thirds of the poll's respondents agree that having women work outside the home makes it easier to live comfortably.
The Pew survey also hints that Americans' conflicted views on working moms may change over the next few decades. About half of people younger than 30 believe kids are just as well off if their moms work.
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I to would be great if a stay at home mom/parent be considered as a job and get credit towards
Well the government federal, state and local unfortunately make it almost impossible to get by on one income. It also has a lot to do where you live. If you live in a low tax, low housing cost, low insurance rates, low utilities, low college costs etc. etc. One income may get you by but at a cost. Car loans, Car Insurance, Car repair, Student Loans should not be a burden on our children nor free handouts from government. If you believe that they should have thousands of dollars in debt starting out and a huge student loan that most don't pay back then your adding to everyone's tax burden because someone has to pay. Unfortunately that is the new America...."Give me Give me, Want Wants, ME ME I I's.
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