CWN - April 08, 2014
The proportion of American women not working outside the home has risen sharply in the past decade, the Pew Research Center reports.
The number of American women who stayed home had dropped steadily for decades, reaching an all-time low of 23% in 1999. But by 2012 that figure had jumped back up to 29%, suggesting a reversal of a key social trend. While economic difficulties undoubtedly played a role in the change, Pew found that “stay-at-home mothers” accounted for the largest proportion of those not working outside the home. However, a growing minority of those “stay-at-home mothers” are single women, or unmarried women living with partners.