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Working Mom’s Feel the Pressure

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According to recent Pew Research study women now make up almost half of the U.S. labor force, up from 38% in 1970. This nearly 40-year trend has been fueled by a broad public consensus about the changing role of women in society. A solid majority of Americans (75%) reject the idea that women should return to their traditional roles in society, and most believe that both husband and wife should contribute to the family income.

But in spite of these long-term changes in behaviors and attitudes, many women remain conflicted about the competing roles they play at work and at home. Working mothers in particular are ambivalent about whether full-time work is the best thing for them or their children; they feel the tug of family much more acutely than do working fathers. As a result, most working mothers find themselves in a situation that they say is less than ideal.

They’re also more likely than either at-home moms or working dads to feel as if there just isn’t enough time in the day. Four-in-ten say they always feel rushed, compared with a quarter of the other two groups. But despite these pressures and conflicts, working moms, overall, are as likely as at-home moms and working dads to say they’re happy with their lives.

Whether women work outside the home or not, family responsibilities have a clear impact on the key life choices they make. Roughly three-in-ten women who are not currently employed (27%) say family duties keep them from working. And family appears to be one of the key reasons that many do not break through the “glass ceiling” to the top ranks of management — that’s the view, anyway, of about a third of the public.

Study: Iowa Women Work More, Paid Less

A new study shows that women in Iowa are more likely to be in the workforce than their counterparts around the country and that they are paid substantially less than women elsewhere.

The Iowa Policy Project study showed that 67% of Iowa women in Iowa are in the workforce, compared to 59% nationally. According to the study, they earn about 78 cents for every dollar men earn, compared to 81.4 cents nationally.

The study shows that after two decades of closing the pay gap, that disparity has grown over the last two years. The median wage for women dropped slightly to $12.50 per hour, while the hourly rate for men grew slightly to $15.98.

Original Source: Associated Press