Single motherhood is, for the vast majority, an extremely hard road to go down.This serious issue must be addressed and solutions found. The mothers, fathers, children, the extended families and even our US economy suffer greatly because of this increasing social problem.
Married women have a significantly higher standard of living than unmarried ones, even among the mothers with the highest risks of poverty. The economic positive effects for being a married mother are hugely significant.– And yet the media makes us think otherwise. Go to Google images and search for pictures on single moms: Almost all of them show happy, successful women with smiling children. For most single mothers, nothing could be farther from the truth.
93% of all US mothers were married fifty years ago. Today, only 47% of US mothers are married. More than 40% of single-mother families are poor, up from 37% before the downturn. 83% of poverty stricken families are headed by single mothers. — Virtually all the increase in child poverty in the United States since the 1970s would vanish if parents still married at 1970 rates.
The majority of single mothers are hurting; and not just themselves, their offspring suffer too. — The children of single mothers are twice as likely as children growing up with both parents to drop out of high school. Those who do graduate are less likely to go to college, even if you factor in household income and the mother’s education. Research shows that kids of single mothers have lower scholastic achievement, as well as higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, behavior problems and teen pregnancy. All these factors are likely to reduce their eventual incomes at a time when what children need is more education, more training and more planning.
The rise in single motherhood is ill-adapted for the economic shifts of the late 20th century.
This piece is adapted an article in the spring issue of City Journal, written by Kay S. Hymowitz, the author of “Marriage and Caste in America.”