Hannah Pap Rocki

University of Georgia

As other families begin to leave the soccer fields, Kristen Whitmire kneels down to feed one of her daughters, Keira, 1, graham crackers in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

Whitmire is a mother of two daughters, ages 5 and 1. Sheís an optician and works nine-hour days, sometimes longer. Her husband, Kirk, who was jobless for a little over a year, is now an actor in a television series called The Originals. His new job requires him to be out of town five or six nights a week.

Whitmire is the girlís primary caretaker most of the week. This story is familiar to 31 million other mothers with children under the age of 18 in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2012.
(Photo/ Hannah Pap Rocki, hannahpaprocki@gmail.com)