Most working moms prefer part-time jobs
[ 2007-07-12 16:42 ]
A sharply increasing portion of
America's working mothers say their ideal situation would include a
part-time job, rather than working full time or staying at home, a new US
national survey finds.
A sharply increasing
portion of America's working mothers say their ideal situation would
include a part-time job, rather than working full time or staying at
home, a new US national survey finds.
The Pew Research Center survey, being released Thursday, found that
only 21 percent of working mothers with children under 18 viewed full-time
work as the best arrangement, down from 32 percent in 1997.
Sixty percent of the working mothers said a part-time job would be
best, up from 48 percent 10 years ago. And 19 percent said not working at
all would be ideal - roughly the same as in 1997.
Cary Funk, a Pew researcher on the survey, said the trend reflected
women's latest thoughts on the ideal arrangement for their children.
"I don't think it means people are going to give up their jobs," she
said. "It's more of an expression of the difficulties of combining
responsibilities at work and home."
The survey also found a shift in preferences among stay-at-home
Only 16 percent of them said their ideal situation would be to work
full-time outside the home, down from 24 percent in 1997. Conversely, 48
percent of them now say that not working at all outside the home is the
best arrangement, up from 39 percent who felt that way in 1997.
Fathers with children under 18 had a different outlook - 72 percent
said the ideal situation for them is a full-time job, 12 percent said they
would prefer part-time work and 16 percent said not working at all outside
the home would be best.
The survey was conducted by telephone in February and March among a
national sample of 2,020 adults.