Survey: One-third of working moms are sole providers
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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 CareerBuilder.com.
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."
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