Working Mother Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Pew Research Center, U.S. Bureau of Labor, Harvard Business Review
Research Date: 9.11.2012
More and more women are cooking up big work careers. So how do these women fare if and when they begin a family? Many traditional folk might argue a woman’s place is at home with the children. The numbers paint a slightly different picture of the modern working mother.
Working Mother Statistics Data
Percent of mothers that work out of home61 %
Percent of working mothers who say they are “very happy” or “pretty happy”85 %
Percent of stay-at-home mothers who say they are “very happy” or “pretty happy”80 %
Percent of mothers age 17 or younger who work part or full time jobs66 %
Percent of working mothers who would prefer to work part time62 %
Percent of working mothers who say they “sometime / frequently” feel stressed86 %
Percent of working mothers who say they “always feel rushed”40 %
Inequality Amongst Working Mothers
Average reduced rate of being hired for a mother79 %
Average reduced rate of work promotions for a mother50 %
Average reduction in starting salary for a mother$11,000
Public Opinion
A mother should work full time12 %
A mother should work part time40 %
A mother should not work at all42 %
Countries with the highest percent of working mothers Percent
Sweden76 %
Denmark74 %
Norway73 %
Portugal70 %
Netherlands66 %
Austria66 %
Belgium66 %
United States61 %
Global Average54.3 %

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