Understand Your Finances
How motherhood is changing—by the numbers
The American family is changing: as more and more women are becoming primary breadwinners, reproductive services are giving them greater freedom to determine when and how they have children. Some are delaying parenthood in order to get ahead at work, or are choosing single motherhood. Others are working with their partners to adjust their work/life balance.
Regardless of their decisions, there is one constant: new opportunities and goals require new budgeting. Whether today's parents are facing a decrease in income or an increase in fertility and childcare services, the changing face of motherhood comes with a changing face of home economics and budgeting.
To find out more about what this reality looks like on the ground, we partnered with Refinery29 to look at the lives of real women who are taking part in this trend. But first, we decided to dig into the numbers—looking at the rates of female breadwinners, single moms, and stay-at-home partners, and how income impacts their families.
You can review more of Refinery29 and Chase's Modern Money Matters series, including personal stories of families and finances from real women.
Sources: Pew Research Center analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, accessed via pewsocialtrends.org; Pew Research Center analysis of Decennial Census and American Community Surveys (ACS) Integrated Public Use Microdata Sample (IPUMS) files, accessed digitally; Pew Research Center analysis of breadwinner moms, accessed digitally; 2016 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, United States Census Bureau; Refinery29 Millennial Breadwinner survey, 2017; Gender Identity And Relative Income Within Households by Bertrand, Kamenica, and Pan, accessed digitally; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Key Statistics from the National Survey of Family Growth, accessed digitally; Pew Research Center analysis of stay-at-home dads, accessed digitally; CareerBuilder analysis of delaying families, accessed digitally; Pew Research Center analysis of women and leadership, accessed digitally.
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