I know many single parents, almost all of them female. While some seem superhuman in their ability to work and parent, others struggle with the basics of daily life. However they manage, there’s more of them now than ever before, and they could all use a little help.
One in four children in the U.S. is being raised by a single parent – a percentage that has been on the rise and is higher than other developed countries, according to a report released today.
Researchers found that the U.S. had 25.8 percent of children being raised by a single parent, compared with an average of 14.9 percent across the other countries. […]
Christina Gibson Davis, a professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Police, said changing gender roles, the rise of contraception, high incarceration rates in some communities and an acceptance of having children out of wedlock have all contributed to the growing number.
Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, added it isn’t being a single parent in itself that raises difficulties.
‘Single moms do a brilliant and amazing job raising their children,” said Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women.
‘It is also true that single moms in this country are systemically underpaid, and systematically under-resourced and systemically unrespected. It’s not the fact they are single moms that makes things difficult.’