Fascinating portrait we mothers make. Among the stats:
85.4 million: Estimated number of mothers in 2008.
54%: Proportion of 15- to 44-year-old women who were mothers in 2008.
82%: Proportion of women ages 40 to 44 who had given birth as of 2008. In 1976, 90 percent of women in that age group had given birth.
5 million: Number of stay-at-home moms in 2010. This is down from 5.1 million in 2009 and 5.3 million in 2008.
61%: Proportion of mothers who recently gave birth and were in the labor force in 2008, up from 57 percent in 2006.
2: The number of births per woman in 2009, a decline of 4 percent from 2008.
Jacob and Isabella: The most popular baby names for boys and girls in 2009.
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