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Survey: One-third of working moms are sole providers

Thursday, May 9, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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One-third of working moms are shouldering the full financial burden of their households, closing in on the number of men who carry this responsibility, according to an annual poll by


Thirty-four percent of American working moms reported they are the sole financial provider for their households, close to the 39 percent of working dads who reported they serve this role, according to CareerBuilder’s online survey, which included 411 working mothers and 420 working fathers with children 18 and under who are living with them.


Working mothers continue to struggle to find a good balance between the office and home, and often have to compromise quality time with their families. Many, however, are taking advantage of flexible work schedules, the survey found.


More than one in four working moms (28 percent) said their children have asked them to work less, according to CareerBuilder. Twenty-four percent reported they spend two hours or less with their children each day during the workweek. 


Seventeen percent of working moms said their jobs have negatively impacted their relationship with their children and 12 percent reported their jobs have negatively impacted their relationship with their spouse or significant other.


"The household dynamic has changed over the years with women reshaping traditional roles,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Women account for more than half of the U.S. workforce and are often the breadwinners for their households.  While many women successfully manage careers and families, the quest for more quality time at home will always be top of mind."


Nearly two thirds of women (60 percent) said they have taken advantage of flexible work arrangements, and the vast majority said it hasn't negatively impacted their careers.


Still, demanding work environments have led to some women cutting their maternity leave short. Of women who have had a child in the last three years, 30 percent didn't take the full maternity leave their company allowed. While 45 percent of women who have had a child in the last three years said they took more than eight weeks of maternity leave, 17 percent took four weeks or less and 12 percent took two weeks or less. 

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