For the first time in modern history, mothers in some key professions may enjoy the same earnings boost that fathers have long enjoyed. At the 2011 conference of the Population Association of America, one of the world's leading assemblies of demographers, sociologist Anne McDaniel reported on new data she and Claudia Buchmann uncovered, which showed that in some fields mothers earn more than women without children. It's difficult to gauge from the data why this might be, but any working mother can tell you that people are very productive when they know they have to squeeze in a day's work before child care closes at 6 p.m.
In an accompanying paper, the authors underlined just how much women's aspirations have changed. In 1980, the most common professional job for women was teaching. Now it'sRead More »from Do Working Mothers Make More Than Women Without Children?