According to the Pew Research Center fewer mothers prefer full time work today than they did in 1997. Pew also says that roughly 60% of working mothers think part-time work would be ideal. Key quote:
"Among working mothers with minor children (ages 17 and under), just one-in-five (21%) say full-time work is the ideal situation for them, down from the 32% who said this back in 1997, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Fully six-in-ten (up from 48% in 1997) of today's working mothers say part-time work would be their ideal, and another one-in-five (19%) say she would prefer not working at all outside the home."
The report has a wide range of data on how mothers view work and how the broader public views working mothers.