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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This implies that mothers and other primary caregivers of children are society’s greatest wealth producers; they literally do have “the most anj job in the world.

Women at home with children are considered “dependents” who are not contributing, when in actuality their work is very valuable economically and socially. I should have reviewed this book sooner after reading it and before reading a book with many opposing argumentsbut I do remember the fundamentals: No argument here, except that you cannot extrapolate those studies to mean that in all countries, children are better off if their mothers have access to aid money, as Crittenden does.

It taught me an essential part of feminism – that in order to achieve true equality, we need to value home lives as much as we value work lives. Most child care is excluded from the GDP, at-home mothers are not counted in motyerhood labor force, and the social safety net prjce leaves them out. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. There ought to be a better measure of services and “nonmarket” activity such as the work of a SAHM included in a nation’s measures of wealth.

Bold and galvanizing, full of innovative solutions, Labor of Love offers a much-needed accounting of the price mothers pay to carry out society’s most important job. Mothers — United States — Social conditions. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves a much higher consideration. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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

Some of crittfnden specific suggestions include the right to a parental year-long paid leave, a shortened workweek, equal tbe and benefits for part-time mothethood, equalized social security calculations for spouses, universal preschool, tax reform, unpaid household labor factored into the GDP, divorce and child support reform, etc.


Crithenden is a truly enlightening book. Sometimes we doubt the powers of our intentions, our ability to do what we intend to do. The Price of Motherhood reveals the myriad ways in which our institutions ignore or devalue the vast amount of work it takes to produce a well-raised child. Definitely a must read. Stay-at-home mothers and their work are left out of the GDP, the labor force, and the social safety net.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews around the country and the most current research in economics, history, child development, and law, she shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made depent by a society that praises the labor of love but undervalues and even exploits those who perform it. College-educated women pay a “mommy tax” of over a million dollars in lost income when they have a child. Come as You Are: Crittenden clearly defines how mothers are socially, legally, and economically disadvantaged and lists specific actions that can be taken by employers, governments, families, and communities to help mothers achieve equal citizenship.

It is not possible for women to have it all, peice the statistics just make that point.

The book is already being called a classic. Yep; men who want more family-friendly options are at a disadvantage too.

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Is it government’s role to provide birth to age 5 care for children? Apr 26, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. I think our current immigration policy is a travesty and this rule is one that should be changed. My oc criticism is that she is quick to jump to conclusions and then state her conclusions prrice fact.

College-educated women pay a “mommy tax” of more than a million dollars in lost income when they have a child. First, a SAHM earns zero credits for her work at home, and then when she retires, she is allowed to have half of what her husband earned during those years.

Read this book if you have, or think you might one day have, children. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? However, where does that leave our children?

These trends register as true for my generation of college-educated women, but I This book inspired me to write this essay. Trivia About The Price of Moth She drags out all the horror stories and the worst case scenarios. It was well written, extremely well organized, and brilliantly motherhoof. I’m So this is definitely outdated in terms of research, so I wanted to give it only two stars.

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

Writings on the Economics of Gender. I did complete a master’s degree while caring for children, so it isn’t lack of i I love this book.

Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. The last straw was when she started saying that mothers who earned money produced better kids because they were stronger and more money in the family would be spent on the kids, also asserting that mothers in families where fathers earn the only income have little control and knowledge of how the money is spent.

I would be very interested in an updated version. Even as late as”married working mothers in the United States with childrenearnedhalf of what their husbands earned. With passion and clarity, Crittenden dismantles the principal argument for the status quo: When I was 13, I decided that I would not marry and that I would not have children.

The most fortunate of us now have full freedom to choose our roles in accordance with our unique desires as individuals rather than by rules of gender and conformity. Motheghood book is an important one for everyone to read.

Would she feel that we’ve made some progress, but we have more to go? This exemplary book covers the economic myths of motherhood through the stark testimonies of childcare hardships and financial inequality in marriage: Review “Written with a fine passion, The Price of Motherhood challenges the received ideas of economists, feminists and conservatives alike and ought to be read by all of them. Ann Crittenden does an amazing job arguing for the rights of mothers and women in generalbacked with the kind of evidence you would find in scholarly journals.

What I had wondered was why so many women and children in this country are poor. And when Crittenden says “valued” she doesn’t mean that we should all give our moms motherhoov nice Mother’s Day presents and express our appreciation often in communal and individual ways.