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Forty percent of women are primary breadwinners of family, report shows

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A new report is showing that nearly forty percent of women are the sole or primary breadwinners for their families.

The report’s results, released by the Pew Research Center, are likely due to the recent recession and the increase in births to single mothers.

The number of married mothers who earn more than their husbands nearly quadrupled, from 4 percent in 1960 to 15 percent in 2011, The Washington Post reported. Single mothers, who are sole providers for their families, have tripled in number, from 7 to 25 percent in the same period.

“The decade of the 2000s witnessed the most rapid change in the percentage of married mothers earning more than their husbands of any decade since 1960,” said Philip Cohen, a University of Maryland sociologist who studies gender and family trends, according to The Post.

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