...in honor of Mother's Day.
Pew Research notes that the roles of moms and dads are converging, but a gap remains. Mothers are doing more paid work, and fathers are doing more childcare and housework now than in 1965. That said, women continue to do more than twice as much housework as men.
Due to delayed childbearing, the average age at which an American woman first becomes a mother has risen to 25.4, according to 2010 data from the CDC.
The teen birth rate is also at an all-time low in the United States, but while the birth rate is rising for women age 35 and older, the birth rate for older mothers is still far below rates seen in the 1920s or even in the 1960s.
There are more than 10 million single mothers in the United States living with children under the age of 18. Unfortunately, these families are more likely than other families to be in poverty.
THE DOLLARS AND CENTS
American consumers are likely to spend nearly $169 dollars on mom this mother's day, for a total of more than $20 billion, according to the latest survey data from the National Retail Federation