ERIC Number: ED099559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Children of Working Mothers, March 1973. Special Labor Force Report No. 165.
Waldman, Elizabeth; Whitmore, Robert
A special labor force report, the pamphlet provides statistics related to the children of working mothers: type of family, number of children under 18, race, number of children in broken families, work experience of family head, and family income. Although the number of children in the population has declined, the number of children with working mothers has continued to rise. As the numbers of children in one-parent families increase, markedly higher labor force participation rates are indicated for divorced and separated women. In recent years, the most rapid gains in labor force participation rates of women have occurred among wives under age 35, and especially among those with children under six years of age. From 1969 to 1972, the proportion of black working wives with preschool age children who worked at year-round full-time jobs increased from 26 to 41 percent. Median income for one-parent families in 1972 was $5,750 for mothers in labor force. A total of 9.2 million, or 14 percent of all children in 1972 were in families below the low-income line. Implications are the need for programs improving the mother's earnings potential and providing for adequate child care. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL), Washington, DC.