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As of 1998, there were 12.8 million single mothers heading households. In 1998, more than half of all first births were to single women, about 53 percent. The typical American household has changed drastically in the last generation. In the year 1960, 45% of all households were composed of married couples with children. As of the 2000 Census, that figure is only 23% of households. The 2000 Census also reveals that during the 1990s in the United States, there was a 25% increase in the number of households headed by single mothers. In all, there was a 71% increase in the number of households headed by unmarried partners during the last decade.

The median income for single parent women head of households with children under six years old is roughly 1/4 that of two parent households. (National Survey of Families and Households)

$39 billion dollars is owed in back child support to 29 million children of single parent women. (2000 National Child Support Report)

78% of all single parent women are employed (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2002-2003)

Forty-five percent of all single parent women hold down more than one job. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2002-2003)

Sleep, self-time, and chores are among the top things working mothers forgo to spend time with their children. (University of Maryland Study, 2002)

In 49 states the average annual cost of childcare exceeds the annual cost of public college tuition. (National Association of Working Women, 2002)

Single parent women experience the highest rate of unemployment, and receive the lowest rate of pay regardless of their education. (Economic Roundtable, 2004)

41% of single moms live at or below the poverty level as compared to only 8% of married couples with children under the age of 18. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2002-2003)

While the hourly wage for women without children is 90% of a manís, the comparable figure for women with children is 70%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2002-2003)

Fewer than 17% of all single moms receive government assistance even in the minor form of food stamps. (Economic Roundtable, 2002