From Mona Charen:
The headlines were misleading: “Moms are Breadwinners in Record 4 of 10 Households.” Immediate thought:
Wow, 40 percent of wives are primary breadwinners. Nope. If you read down to the fifth or sixth paragraph in most stories about the new Pew study, you’d discover that the number of women out-earning their husbands was actually just 22.5 percent of married couples with children under the age of 18. The 40 percent figure includes single-parent households, in which the mom is not the primary, but the sole, earner.
They’re always lauded, those single moms. Politicians of both parties always append the word “heroic” to them.
But the profile of single mothers has changed dramatically since 1960, when only 4 percent were “never married.” In previous decades, women became single mothers through divorce, desertion or death. In 2011, 44 percent of single moms were never married.
Pew devoted some attention…
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