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The days of June Cleaver are getting farther away. The "stay-at-home mom" that many of us grew up with since the 1950s is becoming a part of American history. Working moms, who gained popularity in the 1980s, are now the primary breadwinners in a record 40% of households with kids.
Yes, today's modern family works.
The new findings from the Pew Research Center, released today (5/29), show the change is all but irreversible as moms are actively entering the workforce to keep their families afloat. And the idea of the "stay-at-home housewife" is becoming less popular in our country. 79% of Americans are against the idea of women returning to their tradition roles of "domestic management."
I remember when my mom quit "working for us" and re-entered the workforce. My mother, like many in the 1970s, put her career on hold to raise her family. She took a part time job in the mid-80s when the economy was bad, working as a secretary for a Jack In The Box franchise owner in Southern California. My younger brother and I thought it was cool at the time because we got to eat all of the burgers and fries we wanted for that summer! She went back to work full time during the recession in the early 90s, again as a secretary for the Farm Broadcaster in our small town. That job brought a lot of change in our house. Sure her added income helped keep the family afloat but the home cooked dinners at 5PM, laundry, and other household chores were distributed between my brothers, sisters, and myself.
Thanks to technology, the working mom in 2013 can tele-commute to work, dial in for meetings, and conduct business with a screen share. Plus, she can still be home for dinners, homework, and "how was your day at school" conversations.