May 3, 2021
As Mother’s Day approaches, we look at the range of experiences women with children have in the U.S. today — when they become moms, where and if they’re employed, and some of the ways they take care of their families. Data comes from the Pew Research Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ten percent say meal preparation is split equally between them and their partner. Learn more.
In comparison, 7% of fathers are stay-at-home dads. Learn more.
Another 11% say that grocery shopping is split equally between them and their partner. Learn more.
This counts only mothers with children under 18 at home. Learn more.
This includes teachers, social workers, health care professionals, and administrative and staff workers at hospitals, medical offices, schools and universities, rehabilitation centers, and child day cares, among others. Learn more.
Another 28% said they spend too little time and 13% said they spend too much time with them. Learn more.
A growing portion of parents are both working outside the home and coping with the dual demands
They’re waiting longer, but more women are having children—and family size is growing, too
Family life looks much different for those ages 25 to 40 than for previous generations