Mommy Penalty: Government Report Shows Mothers Earn Less

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 06:35 AM

By Robin Farmer

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Women can have it all, but at a price that men avoid. So says a new government report that shows a “mommy penalty” exists.

Mothers with children under 18 earn less than women without minor children. But the biggest winners are men with children under 18 as they earn more income than men without younger kids. The “daddy bonus” is especially true for white and Hispanic men.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

"I think parenthood is like the new site of gender discrimination," said Michelle Budig, a sociology professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, according to NBC News.

Her research has shown for every child a mother has, she earns less money. Men earn more when married with children. The earning disparities remain even when other factors, such as taking time off to raise a child, are taken into consideration.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics report looked at the midpoint of weekly earnings for full-time workers in 2012, Yahoo reported. It found that women with children younger than 18 had median weekly earnings of $680, versus $697 for women without children under 18.

Meanwhile, men with kids under 18 had median weekly earnings of $946, compared with $799 for men without minor children.

Overall, the BLS analysis showed that last year, women earned about 81 percent of what men earned in a usual week. That's a much narrower difference than when the government started tracking the data in 1979, but the improvements have become much slower and less steady in the past decade or so.

The wage gap starts when men and women enter the work force and widens around the age of 35, NBC reported.

Commenters on the article at Yahoo had a mixed reaction.

“Honestly, this makes sense to me. I can see how employers would view working mothers as less committed with less time to spend on work, making them more distracted from their job. Working fathers seem to be more committed to their work because they have a family to provide for. Not saying I agree with this over-generalization, but I see how employers would come to this conclusion.”

Wrote another: “The real cost of a woman trying to have it all is that the man has to settle for a lower quality of a relationship.”

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

US Officials '99% Certain' North Korea Behind Sony Cyberattack: Report

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 20:51 PM

U.S. officials have determined with "99 percent certainty" that the North Korean government is behind the cyberattack on . . .

AMC MoviePass: Subscription Service Lets Viewers See Daily Movies

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 20:29 PM

AMC Theaters has joined startup MoviePass on a pilot program that will offer a subscription service for in-theater movie . . .

Socialmatic Camera Prints Polaroids and Posts Them to Social Media

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 19:53 PM

Polaroid will soon offer the Socialmatic camera, which both prints photos and posts them to social media. . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved