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A lot has changed economically, culturally for fathers

The Democratic staff of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress released some economic and demographic statistics in honor of Father’s Day. For example, fathers are doing housework and child care twice as much as they did in 1967 (though mothers still do most of the work). In 2012, 21 percent of fathers who were not working did so to take care of their families, up from 5 percent in 1989. There has been about a 4 percent drop in median weekly earnings for men in their prime parenting years since 1979. That likely is one reason why 60 percent of married-couple families now depend on two incomes, up from 25 percent in 1960. – Phillip Brownlee