Poll: More Working Moms Want Full-Time Jobs

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2013)--A new national Pew Research Center survey finds that an increasing number of working mothers want full-time jobs outside the home, and tough economic times might be one big reason.

In the study released Thursday, researchers report a big spike in the share of working mothers who said they would prefer to work full time.

In all, 37 percent said that was their ideal, up from 21 percent in 2007.

The findings come in the midst of national debate on women in the workplace ignited by top Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, who wrote in a new book about the need for women to be more professionally aggressive.

In "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," Sandberg argues that women have not made true progress in the workplace over the past decade and that they need to raise their hands more and, "lean in" if they want to land more senior positions in corporate America.

However, the shift toward more full-time work, - as reflected in the Pew survey, coincides mostly with the recession and may have less to do with career ambitions than with financial realities.

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