I believe that they would be happier because they are continuing to further their lives outside of the home. They bring income into the household so they can help support with their husband. Stay at home moms, I would think, would have little to look forward to during the day. Picking cheerios out of the kid's noses, yay... Another day at a job they might enjoy and find social fulfillment, that sounds better.
Many believe that busy people are happier than those with
nothing to do. If that is true, then working mothers are certainly happier, for
they may be the busiest people on earth. Some working mothers feel guilty
because they are not with their children all the time, but most are happily
confident in their childcare providers, and in the schools. Both mother and
child appreciate one another more if they are not together every minute, and
feeling appreciated makes people happy.
I am a working mother, but I am not really happy about it. I would rather spend my time raising my child. I do everything I can to make sure I have employment that does not directly interfere with my duties as a parent, but it has left me in low wage jobs without any chances of advancement. I personally wish the feminism movement would have never happened. I've never felt good about dropping my child off at day care so someone else can care for him, just so I can work for tiny wage.
I can't see how one would be happy working. I don't know many people who look forward to there days at work,but I could be wrong. I know I can't stand it. If I had a choice I would leave work and take care of any kids that I had, rather than work.
As has been shown by the many "Mommy Wars" across the internet, a working mother is not necessarily any happier than a stay-at-home mother and vice versa. Some women find greater fulfillment in career-type jobs, while other women find greater fulfillment in a more domestic role. All depends on the wants and needs of the family.
I do not believe that working mothers are happier than stay at home mothers. There is no way to prove it one way or the other. I think that a lot of them are happy though. But a lot of them tend to be stressed out too due to the fact that they have to take care of their kids and a career.