05.29.1311:47 AM ET

Breadwinning Moms on the Rise

Four in 10 bring home most or all income.

More moms than ever are bringing home the bacon (and are probably still expected to fry it in a pan). According to a new study from Pew Research, women are the sole or primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of homes—up from just 11 percent in 1960. Sixty-three percent of these providing parents are single, but the rest are married mothers bringing home more than dad does. Pew also reveals conflicting attitudes about the trend: half of respondents say kids are better off in families with nonworking moms. Public perception aside, Pew says, with marriage rates declining and the job market changing, the trend of earning moms is likely to continue.