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More Americans supporting working mothers: Study

Posted on Aug 03 2014 | IANS

Washington, Aug 3 : For working mothers, here comes a good news. More Americans now have an egalitarian view when it comes to view rols of men and women at home and work, according to a study.

It is encouraging to learn that approval of more egalitarian work and family arrangements has been growing again and is especially strong among millennials, researchers said.

Since 2006, men and women have become more accepting of women working outside the home and participating in politics.

"After years of growing acceptance of women in these roles since the 1970s, this trend had stalled since the mid-1990s," study leader David Cotter, a sociologist from Union College in New York, was quoted as saying.

The 1990s stall may have come at a time when the woman's movement suffered from exhaustion and disorganisation at the end of the 1980s.

"It could have been a cultural backlash to feminism. Another possibility is that the shift had to do with parenting," Cotter noted.

Culturally, American parenting has become more intensive and time-consuming, and they believe that mothers, in particular, should be available to their children constantly, Cotter was quoted as saying in a Live Science report.

As of 2012, less than one-third of Americans believed the ideal family is one in which the husband works and the wife stays home, and 65 percent disagreed that a working mother's young children suffer.

The findings appeared in a new report from the Council on Contemporary Families.

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