Supermoms are increasingly becoming the new norm, and for many Latinas, it has become a way of life. In Latin America, it’s become quite common for single women to have children on their own. In fact, the region now has the highest percentage of children born out of wedlock. 84 percent are born to unmarried mothers in Colombia alone, according to the World Family Map
Women of different socioeconomic levels are increasingly raising children on their own across the globe, overall. In fact, the United States has seen similar statistics. Of about 12 million single-parent families in 2014, more than 80 percent were headed by single mothers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In the U.S., Latina women experience unintended pregnancy at twice the rate experienced by white women, reports AmericanProgress.org, a factor that contributes to single parenthood. Latina teens experienced historic lows for teen pregnancy in 2012, at 39 percent, but black and Latina women are still struggling with the highest rates of teen pregnancy occurring between 18 and 19, according to the Guttmacher Institute, U.S. Teen Pregnancies, Births and Abortions.
While many unwed Latina moms are young, they are also working hard to make a better life for themselves and their families. College graduation rates for Latinas have increased faster than any other group of women, and as of 2013, Latinas headed up one out of every 10 female-owned businesses.
Similarly, in Latin America, women are kicking butt in the economic landscape. Over the past 20 years, more than 70 million women have joined the workforce in Latin America and have played a critical role in achieving the poverty declines of the last decade, according to the 2017 World Bank Report.
So back to that “supermom” description. Seems a little underwhelming for ALL that Latina single moms actually do, doesn’t it? While it’s not all good news — poverty levels among this group are still higher than others — Latinas are making their way and creating change around the world.
And that deserves more than a big “S” on the chest.