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"Breadwinner moms" become major part of American life

When it comes to moms, we're used to them working. The days of June Cleaver ended decades ago. Now we're going to have to get used to many moms being the breadwinners in their house, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

Of all the households in America, 40% now include moms who are the breadwinners. If they're married, that means they're making more money than their husband. Those households are doing much better economically than those headed by single moms, the survey shows. The median income for homes where a married woman makes more than her husband is almost $80,000 a year. However, the median household income for single working moms is just $23,000 a year. 

Meanwhile, not everyone thinks the trend of "breadwinner moms" is a good thing. In the survey, half said it makes it harder to have a successful marriage and nearly three out of four said mom having to go to a job outside the house makes it harder to raise children.

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