Wage Penalty $1100 Per Child for Low-Income Mothers

Women who are already low income put their earnings is a even steeper downward spiral when they become mothers.

In its October issue, the AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW reports "Based on our findings, the typical full-time female worker earned $1100 less per child in 2009. This wage penalty for motherhood increases with each additional child and doesn't go away as the kids get older."

The study, conducted by Michelle Budig a professor at UMass Amherst and Melissa Hodges a graduate student there, enters an area in which not a lot of research has been done. Perhaps that's because it focuses on low-income mothers. The wage penalty, point out Budig and Hodges, "disappears or even reverts to a benefit" at the highest levels of incomes for married women.

Are you or a mother you know living through this double whammy of starting off with low compensation and then seeing $1100 per child somehow vaporize into the ether? Please contact AOL Jobs.

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