The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued
In the pathbreaking tradition of Backlash and The Second Shift, this provocative book shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made dependent by a society that exploits those who perform its most critical work. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and the most current research in economics, history, child development, and law, Ann Crittenden proves that although women have been liberated, mothers have not.
The costs of motherhood are everywhere apparent. College-educated women pay a "mommy tax" of over a million dollars in lost income when they have a child. Family law deprives mothers of financial equality in marriage. Stay-at-home mothers and their work are left out of the GDP, the labor force, and the social safety net. With passion and clarity, Crittenden demonstrates that proper rewards for mothers' essential contributions would only enhance the general welfare.
Bold, galvanizing, full of innovative solutions, The Price of Motherhood offers a much-needed accounting of the price that mothers pay for performing the most important job in the world.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - marikolee - LibraryThing
The book was a well-researched exploration of motherhood. I found her discussion of the split in the feminist movement. One part affirmed that certain types of work were beneficial and deserved ... Read full review
THE PRICE OF MOTHERHOOD: Why Motherhood Is the Most Important--and Least Valued--Job in AmericaUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Economics journalist Crittenden claims that mothers are systematically discriminated against. Poor, single, teenaged moms are well-known to be in trouble, but working moms have it bad, too: between ... Read full review
Where We Are Now
A Conspiracy of Silence
How Mothers Work Was Disappeared The Invention of the Unproductive Housewife
The Truly Invisible Hand
The Mommy Tax
The Dark Little Secret of Family Life
What Is a Wife Worth?
The Welfare State Versus a Caring State
The Toughest Job Youll Ever Love
An Accident Waiting to Happen
It Was Her Choice
How to Bring Children Up Without Putting Women Down
Who Really Owns the Family Wage?
Who Pays for the Kids?
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