CHICAGO, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Many working moms are shouldering the full financial burden of their households, closing in on the number of men who carry this responsibility. Thirty-four percent of working moms reported that they are the sole financial provider for their households, not far from the 39 percent of working dads who reported that they serve as the sole breadwinner.
CareerBuilder's annual study also finds that working moms continue to struggle with finding a good balance between the office and home, and often have to compromise quality time with their families. The national survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive © between February 11 and March 6, 2013, included 411 working mothers and 420 working fathers with children 18 and under who are living with them.
Shorter Maternity LeaveDemanding work environments have led to some women cutting their maternity leave short. Of women who have had a child in the last three years, 30 percent didn't take the full maternity leave their company allowed. While 45 percent of women who have had a child in the last three years said they took more than eight weeks of maternity leave, 17 percent took four weeks or less and 12 percent took two weeks or less.Work's Impact on Family RelationshipsJuggling professional and personal obligations is an ongoing challenge. More than one in four working moms (28 percent) said their children have asked them to work less. Twenty-four percent reported that they spend two hours or less with their children each day during the workweek.
- 17 percent of working moms said their jobs have negatively impacted their relationship with their children
- 12 percent said their jobs have negatively impacted their relationship with their spouse or significant other
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