Working Moms Earn Less Money

A working mother who is the sole breadwinner for her family earns much less money than a father in a comparable role, according to a CareerBuilder survey of full-time workers with kids living at home. Women were three times likelier than men to earn under $35,000, while men were more than twice as likely to make $50,000. The survey did not address the causes of this disparity, but did touch on some of the social complexities behind the issue—for example, while many families are struggling to pay their bills, almost one-third of all working women say they would work for less if it meant spending more time with their kids. "While all indications point to economic recovery, working moms are still waiting to feel the effects," said Hope Gurion, CareerBuilder’s Chief Development Officer. People do find ways to adjust in tough time, she says. "While moms say they would give up things, including pay, to spend more time with their children, they are making the most of the time they do have and getting creative in work arrangements."

Working Moms Earn Less Money

45% of sole-breadwinner moms earn under $35,000 per year, versus 15% of dads in the same role.
Working Moms Earn Less Money
Senior Writer and author of the Know It All blog

Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.

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