More women are giving up their careers in favor of their children. Women at the very peak of their careers are quitting to stay home with families — the first time labor force participation among new mothers has dropped since 1976. According to the Department of Labor, the number of working, married women with children under 3 has dropped from an annual average of 4 million in 1999 to 3.9 million in 2000.

Percentage of mothers with children working