Moms Pay High Cost for Caring In a new book, The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued, author and former. The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued. Ann Crittenden, Author Metropolitan Books $25 (p) ISBN. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and research in economics, history, child development, and law, Ann Crittenden proves definitively that although women.

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These two parents gave him the love, education, moral integrity, and life lessons that most parents would. These trends register as true for my generation of college-educated women, but I This book inspired me to write this essay. She drags out all the horror stories and the worst case scenarios. This book was shipped on the exact date that it said it th arrive and it came with a lovely postcard with a note from the distributer.

But she makes it all about money. The author, in addition to presenting the material, has also given her opinions to possible solutions. Just as my children and I depend on my husband to provide the finances for the family, he depends on me to nurture our children and provide the many services I give for the family.

The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued

Friends – I am extremely interested in hearing your opinions on this book. It is not possible for women to have it all, and the statistics just make that point. I appreciated her depth of research, however, many of her studies come from the mids.

I see that there are a number of folks who found this book not worthwhile motehrhood all. Those families who DO try and live on that married man’s income. I had wondered why divorce devastates women critenden children disproportionately to men. The book approaches the subject of motherhood from an economic standpoint and in nearly every evaluation, the mother who chooses to care for her child, whether as an at-home mom or as a working mom who forgoes overtime and higher pressure job tracks, pays a hefty price.


I’m So this is definitely outdated in terms of research, mothrrhood I wanted to give it only two stars.

This book has changed my perspective on mot Motherhoood you tye wondered what motherhood is “worth”? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Lists with This Book. She is very right, though. Care for an aging relative in a nursing home counts, while at-home care by an unpaid family member doesn’t? She initiated numerous investigative reports and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Most child care is excluded from the gross domestic product, at-home mothers are not counted in the labor force, and the social safety net simply leaves them out. This edition of the book was pubbed in The book argues that although women have been liberated, mothers have not.

Crittenden makes the seemingly basic–but in this country, revolutionary–argument that the work of “caring” for children, mainly, but also for the elderly should be valued along with every other type of work. Parts of this book are dense and stat-heavy, but it’s easy to get the general gist of those sections with a quick skim if you don’t want to do a deep dive into the numbers and then carry on with the rest of the book.

This book is an incredibly well-researched and largely well-articulated expose on the status of mothers in American society. Women who stay home with their kids are punished or simply not given the same breaks by a tax system which apparently assents to the existence only of paid workers.

Even if you are not a woman–or not even a parent–you will learn a great deal from this extremely fine book on a neglected topic.

The price of motherhood : why the most important job in the world is still the least valued

I’m sorry to see that so many of them are women. I feel this same way about Marx, too; money is important, and I fight motherhoood hell for fairness and equailty, but it’s a morally impoverished way to reduce the world.

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With welfare reform, mothers are forced into the workplace and children into low-quality substitute care. Women, Family, and Work: Those who do unpaid work at home are officially “not in the labor force.

It was very research based and packed with content. Thank goodness I found this book, abandoned in the hallway, one year at the end of school. Would you want to sacrifice in the same way?

So, while stating that an at-home mom is an important job, she seems to suggest that the best way to support at-home moms is to make sure that there are subsidized day cares, long paid maternity leaves, and shorter workdays mandated — in short, to get those at-home moms back in the workforce as soon as possible. At the time I made my youthful decision, there were few visible and positive examples of the myriad ways to be a woman, raise a family and have a career.

I was interested in learning the history of how motherhood came to be valued so little by modern America. Society benefited from these parents’ labor, and yet the parents were penalized financially for raising him mother’s lost income to stay home part time to raise him, less retirement, etc. Already, there are health benefits to lower-income mothers and children in the form of Medicaid.

Our country talks so much about “family values”, but very little is done economically to back it.

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She constantly points to Sweden, France, and several other mo This is a very dense, fascinating book. Family law deprives mothers of financial equality in marriage. Many of her specific suggestions seem overly expensive, especially for the taste of most Americans. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

To view it, click here. However, where does that leave our children? The legal workweek in France was reduced from thirty-nine to thirty-five hours in