04/14/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Moms And Wives Fill Family Financial Gaps In Recession

Amidst high unemployment, hundreds of thousands of women have entered the workforce during the recession. They are wives and stay-at-home moms who found new jobs, added hours or became sole breadwinners of their families to keep their loved ones financially afloat, the Washington Post reports.

In Silver Spring, musician Alison Crockett continues to work three part-time jobs, even though she had hoped to be with her infant daughter...Crockett, who recently gave birth to her second child, intended to scale back on her hours as a teacher and musician to be with her baby. But her husband's efforts to land a full-time music teaching job did not pan out, so she stayed put. The family needed her income, and she wondered: "In this recession, if I let any of them go, could I get them back?"

The family is making ends meet, but Crockett added, "I don't get a chance to do as much of the hands-on parenting with a newborn that I would like to do -- and that stuff is very important to me, as I think it would be to any mother."

Crockett's story is not unique.

The Washington Post reports that in the last two years, there has been a decline in the numbers of stay-at-home moms, from 5.3 million in 2007 to 5.1 million in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. At the same time, the U.S. unemployment rate favors women at 7.9 percent, as opposed to 10 percent for men.

To read more about women who have returned to the workforce to support their families, visit Washington Post.

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