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The rise of stay-at-home mothers

After decades of decline, the number of stay-at-home mums is on a steady rise in the US, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. But these women are far more likely to be single, poor and foreign born than in the past.

After decades of decline, the number of stay-at-home mothers is on a steady rise in the US, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

Only a small minority of those choosing not to work are affluent women, while the share of stay-at-home mothers living in poverty has doubled since the 1970s.

These days they are more likely to be single and foreign-born, and more of them are forced to stay at home because they cannot find a job.

The BBC's Franz Strasser reports.

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