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Fathers and Mothers, Money and Divorce Statistics

  • More than one third of Fortune's "50 most powerful women in Business" have a stay at home man (trophy husband).
  • One-Third of fathers with working wives regularly care for their children.
  • In 2011, among fathers with a wife in the workforce, 32 percent were a regular source of care for their children under age 15, up from 26 percent in 2002
  • Among these fathers with preschool-age children, one in five fathers was the primary caregiver, meaning their child spent more time in their care than any other type of arrangement.
  • 157.2 million - The number of females in the United States as of Oct. 1, 2010.
  • The number of males was 153.2 million.
  • At 85 and older, there were more than twice as many women as men.
  • Motherhood - 82.8 million - Estimated number of mothers of all ages in the United States.
  • 1.9 - Average number of children that women 40 to 44 had given birth to as of 2008, down from 3.1 children in 1976, the year the Census Bureau began collecting such data. The percentage of women in this age group who had given birth was 82 percent in 2008, down from 90 percent in 1976.
  • Earnings - $36,278 - The median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round, full time, in 2009, up 1.9 percent from $35,609 in 2008 (after adjusting for inflation). Women earned 77 cents for every $1 earned by men.
  • Marriage - 65.1 million - Number of married women 18 and older (including those who were separated or had an absent spouse) in 2010.
  • 40.2% of men in the US over 15 were never married.
  • 5 million - Number of stay-at-home mothers (where spouse is in the labor force) nationwide in 2010. In comparison there were 154,000 stay-at-home fathers.

Source: US Census and infoplease.com

Family Employment Statistics

Tot Fams w/child <18
Families 76,089,045 34,031,758
Married-couple families 55,704,781 22,924,853
Both husband and wife in labor force 53.9% 66.8%
Husband in labor force, wife not in labor force 21.7% 27.7%
Wife in labor force, husband not in labor force 7.7% 3.8%
Both husband and wife not in labor force 16.7% 1.7%
Other families 20,384,264 11,106,905
Female householder, no husband present 73.6% 76.7%
- In labor force 73.6% 76.7%
- Not in labor force 52.4% 62.7%
Male householder, no wife present 21.2% 14.0%
- In labor force 26.4% 23.3%
- Not in labor force 21.0% 21.0%

Source: infoplease.com

Father involvement

Percentage of fathers 15-44 years of age who reported doing the specified activities several times a week or more in the last 4 weeks with their children, 2002:

Children under age 5 Resident fathers Nonresident fathers
Fed and ate meals with them 95.3% 27.2%
Bathed or dressed 82.4% 26.0%
Play 97.7% 34.0%
Read 56.3% 17.1%
Children age 5-18
Helped with Homework 57.5% 8.2%
Talked about day 87.2% 26.4%
Take to and from activities 53.7% 6.9%
Ate meals 94.4% 18.5%

Sources: Series 23, No. 26, Tables 67-70


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