Last week, the media highlighted the Pew Research report entitled The Rise of Single Fathers, particularly emphasizing the ninefold increase in single father households since 1960; in comparison, single mother households exhibited a fourfold increase over the same time period. While the increase in single father households is not necessarily a negative development, some of the information is a bit troubling in that it does expose the remaining inequity between males and females. Says the article (emphasis mine):
Single fathers, on average, have higher incomes than single mothers and are far less likely to be living at or below the poverty line—24% versus 43%. Single fathers are also somewhat less educated than single mothers, older and more likely to be white.
Less educated, yet still less likely to be living at or below the poverty level – interesting. The article does mention that single parenthood can be defined in various ways, however, and that there is no indication about the custody status of those parents identifying themselves as “single” thereby making it difficult to draw major conclusions.