Facts & Figures

Did you know:

  • The price of motherhood is steep. Two out of three mothers work less than forty hours per week during the key years of career (and child) development � and part-time workers face depressed wages, benefits, training, and advancement opportunities. The family gap between the wages of mothers and others has been increasing in recent decades.

  • Responsibilities for care affect everyone. Though not everyone has children, everyone has parents, and 85 percent of elder care is delivered through informal networks (typically of family members).

  • Work/family conflict hits lower-income families hardest. Lower-income families report they have the hardest time balancing work and family � which is not surprising, given that they are the most likely to rely on family (as opposed to paid) care.

  • Fathers as well as mothers may face a hostile work environment. Fathers who request time off from work for family reasons often face even more workplace hostility than do mothers

  • High levels of overtime work threaten family time. Americans put in more overtime than workers in any other industrialized country. High-overtime workplaces virtually wipe mothers out of their labor pool and take many fathers away from daily involvement with family life (30% of fathers with children under 14 work 50 or more hours per week).

  • Family friendly policies save employers money. It costs 75% to 300% of a worker's annual salary to replace her when she leaves; Deloitte, Touche, the Big Five accounting firm, calculated that it saved $13 million in a single year when it instituted effective flexible work arrangements. Employers of lower-wage workers also documented productivity and quality due to retention of trained workers.

  • Part-time workers, many of whom work part time for family reasons, suffer from depressed wages, benefits, training and advancement opportunities. Overall, part-timers are more than twice as likely as full-timers to be poor despite their work, even when they bring similar "human capital" � education, skills and experience� to their jobs and even when they work in similar industries and occupations. Only 17% of part-timers, compared to 73% of full-time workers, have health insurance through their employer. And only 21% of part-time workers, compared to 64% of full-time workers, are included in employers' pension plan.