In former times regarded as ‘incomplete by the society, modern family constellations like the one-parent family are nowadays enjoying an increasing degree of social tolerance. Furthermore, the number of single mothers is increasing as well. Access to education for women and girls has developed so positively since 1848 that todays educational landscape is characterised by a dominating number of female graduates. So it is interesting to know how socioeconomic structures can influence the motivation of single mothers to undergo additional education. Besides that, another main topic of this research is the possible influence of the second wave of the feminist movement on the then and present mindset of single mothers towards possible additional education. Based on biographical research, I decided to use a form of the semi-structured interview, the so-called problem-centred interview,because the collection of biographical data was as essential for the answering of the research question as the focussing on a specific topic. I interviewed four single mothers who,during the period of their single parentship,were undergoing additional education.I chose two single mothers of the 1970ies and two women who were single mothers at the time when this research was taking place.The,until today,increasing and already at that time augmented number of women undergoing additional education shows the influence of the 1970ies feminist movement.In fact,this movement was playing a key role in the change of womens access to education and the change of the social status of single motherseffects that still can be felt today.The day-to-day tasks and the parallel additional education,can only be fulfilled with the (financial) help of a stable social network and good child care, herewith offering an essential basis of motivation for additional education.Besides that,the socioeconomic situation of single mothers per se is a big motivator,as better education can provide better jobs.