A Need for More Time

Whether single or married, working mothers face challenges as they try to balance work and family life. In Washington State, 48.9 percent of mothers are employed full time. Like single mothers, working mothers are often overwhelmed by multiple responsibilities. Even though they may have another adult who shares some of the daily responsibilities, research shows that women work 10 to 15 hours more per week than their husbands at their combined paid employment and household and childcare tasks.

And what about time for relationships? More than 70 percent of employed parents who spend more than 40 hours per week on the job feel that they do not have enough time with their children. Working mothers must balance time between their job, their children, their spouse and other relationships.

Did you know?

  • The fastest growing segment of the workforce is married women with children under 3.
  • The traditional family with a male breadwinner and wife at home fits only 11 percent of today's households.
  • 45 percent of parents respond "always" or "most of the time" to the statement "I feel I have to rush to get everything done each day."
  • Women who work for supportive companies were more satisfied with their jobs, took fewer sick days, worked more on their own time, worked later into their pregnancies and were more likely to come back to work after childbirth. 78 percent of women returned to work in accommodating companies, whereas only 32 percent returned in unaccommodating companies.

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