Earlier this year, I shared the Women on Business What’s She Worth? The Slow Road to Equal Pay infographic that visually depicted the size and effects of the gender pay gap. Now, I have another infographic to share that puts the issue of unequal pay in a new light.
Below, you can view the Breadwinning Moms infographic from CityTownInfo.com, which explains the rise of women as heads of households.
Take a look at the infographic and you’ll see that 63% of breadwinning mothers are single while 37% are married. According to The New York Times, the number of stay-at-home fathers has doubled over the past 10 years, but the number of married breadwinner moms has only increased from 4% in 1960 to 15% in 2011. During the same time period, the number of families headed by single mothers jumped from 7% to 25%.
While half the workforce in the United States is female, and more women are obtaining secondary degrees than ever, there are still cultural biases against women breadwinners. According to a 2013 study from Pew Research Center, 67% of respondents to a U.S. public opinion poll agreed that breadwinner moms enable families to live comfortably. However, 50% believe having a breadwinner mom makes it harder for a marriage to succeed, and 74% believe having a breadwinner mom makes it harder for parents to raise children.
Until these cultural biases change, the road to equal pay for equal work will continue to be a long one.
Courtesy of: CityTownInfo.com
What do you think? Leave a comment and share your thoughts on the data in the infographic.