If More African American Mothers Could be SAHM’s or PT Workers…?
There once was a time, I’ve been told, when many mamas did not work and their day to day focus was the family. This didn’t happen in my neighborhood. All of the mama’s I knew growing up in my neighborhood went to work a full-time job every day. And when the mama’s I knew came home, it was to a cold stove with several pairs of eyes waiting for her to heat it up. Despite not seeing stay at home moms (SAHM) I always knew they existed – well, sort of. To me they were on television, and really more like a work of fiction. Historically, working, maintaining a household and parenting a child through school have been the reality for most African American mothers. In 1930, black women were three times more likely to work than white women. By 1970 black women were 1.3 times more likely than white women to work. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that from 1969-2009 Black women were about half as likely as White women to be a SAHM. Today even Black moms are the least likely to be a SAHM. In 2012 the percentage of children most likely to be raised by stay-at-home mothers:
- 37% Asian
- 26% of white children
- 23% of black children
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- have time to work with children on areas where they may need help.
- plan and take to academic or enrichment activities.