Bureau of Labor Statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 56 percent of women now participate in the paid work force today, compared to 48 percent in 1977.
Working Women Who Become Pregnant
Research indicates that among working women who become pregnant:
1. Fifty percent are back in the labor force by the time their children are three months old.
2. Approximately 75 percent of those women return to the same job that they had before.
3. Seventy-two percent have returned to the labor force by the time their children are a year old.
Working wives are less satisfied with their marriages than housewives. Reason: most women still think its the mans job to support the family. They think of their own jobs as “voluntary,” taken on to bring in extra money. Many resent it when their salary checks are needed for basics such as paying the rent.
Percentage of mothers of infants (children less than 1 year old) who are employed or looking for work: 51.
Total Working Hours
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that employed mothers work as many as 85 hours weekly in their homes and at work. According to a survey, working mothers are more likely to suffer from headaches, stomach aches, premenstrual pain and dental pains than homemakers.
Moms With Children Under 18
Of all mothers with children under 18:
- 41% work full time outside the home;
- 16% work part time
- 6% are actively seeking a job
Agerage Net Income of Working Moms
Approximately 65% of the wives in America work at least a 40 hour job outside the home. Their average take-home pay is $740 per month. After child care, transportation, work-related clothing and eating out, they net approximately $370. In net wages, they work for approximately $2.30 an hour.
Statistics on Working Women
According to church consultant Dr. Herb Miller, dramatic 1980s changes in the lifestyle of young married women strongly affect their participation in church life. He cites the following statistics on the percentage of married women who work outside the home:
|Women with children under 6||12%||54%|
|Women with children 6 to 17||28%||68%|
American women today consider a career to be as satisfying as caring for husbands, homes and children, according to a N.Y. Times poll. Thirteen years ago, 53% of women surveyed cited motherhood as one of the best parts of being a woman; in the Times poll, 26% did. The poll also revealed that 59% of the women and 44% of the men surveyed think employed women are as good or better at motherhood as those who do not work outside the home.
Nearly 68% of the 50,000 women who responded to a recent survey by Family Circle magazine said they would prefer to stay at home with their children if it were economically possible for them to do so.
Mothers of Infants
The U.S. Census Bureau says that more and more women are entering or staying in the work force after having a baby. In 1977 only 32 percent of women with a child a year old or younger were working. By 1982 this had increased to 43 percent. Last year it reached 52 percent.
By the year 2000, 80 percent of women age 25 to 54 will head for the workplace each morning, compared with 70 percent today.