The Pew Research center has released a report of working moms. About 40% of American families with kids under 18 have working moms who are either single moms (63%) or wives who earn more than their husbands do (37%). In 1960, this was 11%, not 40%.
Wives increasingly have more college education than their husbands.
Single moms make $18,000 a year. Working married moms who are the major breadwinners are in families making $80,000 a year. The difference is huge. The first group of families is in poverty and will likely stay in poverty. The children will likely remain in poverty.
There is a stigma attached to such women among older Americans: unmarried motherhood is frowned upon. Among younger Americans, this stigma is fading. So, poverty is increasing in this cohort.
We know that average family income in America has stagnated since 1973. Perhaps statisticians will make the connection between unmarried mothers and poverty, and the statistical effect this has on median family income.
I will say it openly: the rise of single-mother families that are the result of bastard children is an unmitigated disaster. (The word “bastard” is straight out of the King James Bible: Deut. 23:2.) Western civilization understood this until 1960. The welfare state has forced a change in thinking.