Number of working moms has doubled since 1976

Nearly three quarters of mothers were employed in 2009

A new study by Statistics Canada shows that, in 2009, 72.9 per cent of women with children under the age of 16 living at home were employed. That number is twice the rate of 39.1 per cent recorded in 1976. Meantime, the number of working moms with children under the age of three has grown even faster: in 2009, it was 64.4 per cent, compared to 27.6 per cent in 1976. The study also showed that while more women are working than in 1976, they are comparatively less represented in the work force than their male counterparts: 58.3 per cent of working-age females are currently employed, compared to 65.2 per cent of men.

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