Moms are the top or sole breadwinner in 40% of households with kids in America, a record high rate, according to a new study.
The research by the Pew Research Center, released Wednesday, is based on an analysis of Census data. The rate of breadwinning moms has risen significantly from 1960 when it was 11%.
The breadwinning moms represent either women with children under 18 who earn more than their husbands or single mothers, according to the study. These women number about 11 million.
But the income gap between the two groups of women is significant.
The median family income of married mothers who earn more than their husbands was nearly $80,000 in 2011, compared to the national median of $57,100 for all families with children. The median income for single mothers was only $23,000, according to the study.