Motherhood and Work: 6 Surprising Facts

Last Updated May 6, 2011 10:27 AM EDT

Are you a working mom? If so, Happy Mother's Day from On The Job! In honor of this Sunday, I've compiled the latest stats on women with children who also put in time in the workplace. This round-up is not all sunshine and butterflies, but they do show just how hard women work for their careers and their families. Please share your thoughts on the topic in the comment section.

Moms Want More Help -- At Home In a survey of 700 full-time working moms, 66 percent said they were responsible for 75 percent of the household chores. Kind of natural, then, that two-thirds said they'd want an assistant -- at home.

Special Needs Situations Affect Moms More When a child of a two-parent household has autism, two-thirds of parents say the woman's career is more affected.

There Is No Cognitive Effect On Kids Columbia University researchers found that previous reports of early cognitive delays in children with working moms were overstated, and that the effect was actually neutral.

Children Of Working Moms May Be Sicker Moms with jobs have kids who are hospitalized twice as often as kids who have stay-at-home moms, according to one controversial study published in the Journal of Health Economics. The exact reasons are unclear, however.

Working Moms Earn Less Than Working Dads According to research from Careerbuilder, working moms are three times more likely to earn less than $35,000 then their male counterparts.

All Moms Are "Underpaid"
This handy mom salary calculator from Salary.com can show you exactly how much the market value is for various motherly duties. The total average annual value for the work done by stay-at-home moms was $115,432, while for working moms, it was $63,472, in addition to what they earned in the office. MoneyWatch's Kathy Kristof breaks down the average annual value of every chore performed by mothers from cooking to driving, using results from a similar report prepared by Insure.com.

Happy Mother's Day to all moms -- whether you've made your family your full-time position or are also juggling a career.

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