According to a new Pew Research Center report, a record 40 percent of households now have a mother who is the sole or primary source of income for their families.
This figure includes two very different groups of women: 63 percent are single mothers and 37 percent are women who are married and have a higher income than their spouses. As Bryce Covert notes at Think Progress, the former group is sitting pretty–at nearly $80,000 in 2011, their family income tends to be much higher than the national median. The single mothers, on the other hand, are earning just $23,000.
And, as a recent Legal Momentum report shows, the US is the worst place–no really, the actual worst of all high-income countries–to be a single parent.