Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print Modern Moms Mother’s Day traces its roots to 1908, when Anna Jarvis of West Virginia initially proposed a day to honor perhaps the most important women in our lives. Within a decade, by 1914, Congress established Mother’s Day as a national observance on the second Sunday in May. But mothers of the past look quite a bit different than the mothers of today: 26 The average age of a first-time mother 80% of women ages 40 to 44 with a Ph.D. or profession degree are mothers 70% of moms with children younger than 18 are working 40% of mothers are the primary breadwinners for their families Facts about moms ■ Women today are waiting longer to have children. ■ Highly educated women are more likely to have children. They’re still less likely than less educated women to have children. ■ Women today are having fewer children. The average mother today is more likely to have two children than she is to have three or more. ■ Mothers are more likely to remain in the labor force. A child is welcomed, and a woman’s identity fundamentally shifts: Now, in addition to whoever she was up until that point, she’s… Read full this story
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