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Single-mom stats no surprise, still a troublesome trend

Chris Woodward   ( Friday, May 31, 2013

While the nation's largest public policy women's organization sees new findings on mothers and wage earners as profound, the CWA doesn't think they should be a surprise to anyone.

According to the Pew Research Center, mothers are now the top earners in 40 percent of households with children -- an increase from 11 percent in 1960.

While a growing number of these households are families with married mothers who bring in more income than their husbands, most of them are headed by single mothers.

"It's been a long time coming," says Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America (CWA).

Crouse, Janice (CWA)"Marriage rates are down, and single motherhood is up; Cohabitation is up very dramatically," she tells OneNewsNow.

But the CWA senior fellow is troubled that demographers claim the change is irreversible.

"That's very sobering, because you're looking at a situation that is very risky for children," says Crouse. "And that bodes very ominous trends for the future for children's well-being."

In addition to deeming the change all but irreversible, demographers say it is also likely to bring added attention to child care policies and government safety nets for vulnerable families.

Roughly three in four adults said the increasing number of women working for pay has made it harder for parents to raise children.

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