MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — This Sunday, we’ll celebrate moms. Mother’s Day started in the U.S. more than 100 years ago, and a lot has changed since then.
So, what does modern American motherhood look like now? Good Question.
According to the Pew Research Center, American women are more likely to become mothers these days. By their early 40s, about 86% of women have given birth, up from 80% from 15 years ago.
The age of the mother at first-born child is getting older. It’s now age 26, up from age 23 in 1994. That’s partly because teenage pregnancy has fallen and partly because more women their late 30s and 40s are having children.
While living with two parents is still the most common living arrangements for kids in the U.S., single moms head up 21% of families with children under 18. Single dad make up 4%.
Three-quarters of mothers with school-aged children and two-thirds with kids under 6 work outside of the home. The majority of those working mothers are full-time. Working mothers make up about one-third of all employed women in the U.S.