Raising Kids and Running a Household: How Working Parents Share the Load

Raising Kids and Running a Household: How Working Parents Share the Load. Pew Research Center. November 4, 2015.

Family life is changing, and so, too, is the role mothers and fathers play at work and at home. As more mothers have entered the U.S. workforce in the past several decades, the share of two-parent households in which both parents work full time now stands at 46%, up from 31% in 1970. At the same time, the share with a father who works full time and a mother who doesn’t work outside the home has declined considerably; 26% of two-parent households today fit this description, compared with 46% in 1970, according to the analysis of Current Population Survey data. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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