Originally posted on CBS San Francisco:
WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) – A record number of American women are now the sole or primary breadwinners in their families, a sign of the rising influence of working mothers, a new study finds. Mothers now keep finances afloat in 40 percent of households with children, up from just 11 percent in 1960.
While most of these families are headed by single mothers, a growing number are married mothers who bring in more income than their husbands, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.
According to a 2012 survey from the National Partnership for Women & Families, California and Connecticut are the best states to be a working mom, thanks largely to California’s first-in-the nation paid family leave program. California women also suffer a smaller gender gap related to pay than women in other other states, according to a 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics report.