The rise of the breadwinning mother: By the numbers

A fascinating new Pew study finds that women out-earn men in 40 percent of households

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On Wednesday, the Pew Social & Demographic Trends Project released a new snapshot of today's American family, and it looks pretty different than the Leave It to Beaver model. More married mothers are working outside the home and out-earning their husbands, while the number of single mothers is also on the rise.

"The decade of the 2000s witnessed the most rapid change in the percentage of married mothers earning more than their husbands of any decade since 1960," University of Maryland sociologist Philip Cohen tells The Washington Post. "This reflects the larger job losses experienced by men at the beginning of the Great Recession. Also, some women decided to work more hours or seek better jobs in response to their husbands' job loss, potential loss or declining wages."

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