Mothers experienced more career interruptions than fathers in order to care for a child or other family member, a 2013 Pew Research Center survey found. The largest gap was among parents who had quit their job to care for a family member, with 10 percent of fathers and 27 percent of mothers saying they had done so. Note: The sample was comprised of those respondents who had ever worked and had children of any age, including adult children.

Source: “On Pay Gap, Millennial Women Near Parity — For Now,” Pew Research Center, Dec. 11, 2013,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Type of Disruption Percentage Who Are Fathers Percentage Who Are Mothers
Reduced work hours 28% 42%
Taken significant amount of time off 24% 39%
Quit job 10% 27%
Turned down promotion 10% 13%

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