WASHINGTON — About 90 percent of black mothers in D.C. are family breadwinners, a new study says.

Compare that to the less than 50 percent of white mothers who qualify as family breadwinners.

The study, performed by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, defines breadwinner mothers as single head-of-household mothers, as well as those who make at least 40 percent of a married couple’s joint earnings. The mother has to have children below the age of 18 to qualify.

Of 22,648 D.C. households with black mothers in 2014, 88 percent — just 15 percent married, compared to 73 percent single — had female breadwinners. In other words, just 12 percent of households with a black mother had male breadwinners that year.

At the same time, of 12,782 D.C. households with white mothers, 49 percent had female breadwinners; 37 percent of the white mothers were married while just 12 percent were single. So 51 percent of households in the District with white mothers featured male breadwinners.

Among black families, this is a greater disparity than at the national level, where a little more than 81 percent of black mothers are breadwinners. For white families, the numbers are almost exactly even with the national average; nationally, it comes out to about 49.6 percent of white-mother households having female breadwinners.

At the national level, black families had the greatest propensity to have female breadwinners, followed by Native American families (67.1%), multiracial or “other” families (59.9%), Hispanic families (52.5%), white families, and Asian or Pacific Islander families (44.2%).

(H/T Washington City Paper)

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Comments (2)
  1. easterntiger says:

    1-Don’t white males have higher assets and income, therefore, allowing fewer white females to cross the 40% total household threshold, allowing them to qualify as heads of household? On a 100-point scale, with white male income representing 100 points(!), black male income lags by 25 points, while white females lag by only 22 points*. This gives the white household an inherent advantage for having higher proportions as male heads of household. This is a playing field that starts the white household ahead of all others. This no surprise to anyone.

    2-Black males have only an 11-point advantage on their female spouses, and also a 14-point disadvantage to white males. As the gap for black males, on the average, compared to their female spouses/household partners lags by this 14-point margin, the black female percentage would trend higher; the disparity for household income is narrower in the black household than in the white household. Black females have often been compensated at or above levels than for black males, in many instances. Black females have benefited organizations as ‘two-fers’, to help meet ‘HR’ goals. Promoting black females means an organization gets credit for both ‘women’ and ‘minority’ diversity targets. This is not true for white females or for black males.

    White households tend to be lower on these metrics for this survey, since white males are at the top of earnings scales, regardless of location.

    These data points are not as simple as it the first impression would first indicate.

    *-Source: U.S. Current Population Survey and the National Committee on Pay Equity; also Bureau of Labor Statistics: Weekly and Hourly Earnings Data from the Current Population Survey.

  2. someone says:

    “Who da baby daddy?”

    The government does not enforce child support laws for a subset of our population.

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