About 25% of Married Moms Become Stay-At-Homes

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One in four married moms stay home to raise their kids, according to new U.S. Census data. Credit: jupiterimages

New census figures are calling into question the notion that professional women are opting out of the work force to raise their children.

Momlogic is asking if female executives are really leaving their jobs behind for the mommy track, based on data showing that 5.6 million women, or nearly one in four married moms with kids younger than 15, stay home with their kids.

Census stats also reveal that stay-at-home mothers tend to be less educated, younger and have lower total family incomes.

The Washington Post posits that, based on this new data, the "opt-out" generation of working moms may just be a myth. The term was coined by The New York Times writer Lisa Belkin to describe the choices made by a high-achieving group of educated women who chose to leave the work force after they had kids, according to the story."I do think there is a small population, a very small population, that is opting out, but with the nationally representative data, we're just not seeing that," Diana B. Elliott, a family demographer and co-author of the U.S. Census Bureau report, told the Post.

What the numbers do reveal, according to the Post, is that the educational level of nearly one in five stay-at-home moms was less than a high school degree, and that 32 percent of moms who stay home have a bachelor's degree, compared to 38 percent of mothers who work outside the home.

Worrisome is the fact that 12 percent of stay-at-home moms live below the poverty line, while only one-third of women who stay home have family incomes of at least $75,000 or more a year. This snapshot of moms shows that mothers who stay home lack other opportunities, according to the Post.

Did you opt-out to stay home and raise your kids? Why or why not?

Related: Working Moms Have Fatter Kids, Maternity Leaves Cut Short by Recession

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