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Poll: Who’s The Recession Hitting Hardest? Moms Or Dads?


The recession isn’t making anyone’s life any easier, however, some people are getting hit harder than others.

We ask you who is suffering more in the current recession: moms or dads?

According to an article on MSN Today, a new study shows that moms are bearing the brunt of the current recession.

Married women with children apparently spend more time between jobs than married fathers. Not only that, once they get a job, moms also get big pay cuts.

However, as the traditional breadwinners of the family, most dads feel it is their duty to support their wife and kids by having a good career. What do they do when that’s taken away from them?

What do you think? Do you agree that moms have it worse? Or do the fathers?

Please take our poll and tell us your thoughts in the comment section!

Who has it worse in the current recession?

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Ariella Coombs

Ariella is the Content Manager for CAREEREALISM. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.


  1. Moms are getting the brunt! Especially single moms who are head of household. I’ve gone 2 years without insurance and when I finally found a job, the salary pay cut would not meet my monthly bills. I had to take the job anyway. Now I have to tell future employers my reduced salary and I will never crawl out of the whole. Men? Women are never paid as much and single women are supporting kids on their own in many situations like mine. Education? I have an MBA. It’s actually a detriment. It’s assumed my salary is so high or I’m told I’m overqualified. Therefore I’m supposed to be happy that I’m underemployed and working at all.

  2. Higher salaries have actually worked against us in this recession. Employers prefer younger workers without the salary demands of more experienced, higher-paid employees.

  3. Annie-K. Allerdice

    Your question assumes marriage. All too many career women are being required to be head of household, plus breadwinner, plus caregiver. All at a lower pay scale. The system favors men. Not women. Thus changing the dynamics of your question. Factor in education, social expectations, perceptions and a level of guilt for leaving your kids in the care of others. A woman’s need to be looked upon as a good parent and employee puts both tasks at risk. If you factor in updating or re-training for this economy, and paying for it with funds that would normally be set aside for your children’s education, it adds addition emotional pressure on women. I would love to hear from single household fathers, in what they see as roadblocks, and since their pay scale will always outperform in most cases, those of women in the same job function, finances will differ.

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