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

ISBN-10: 0312655401
ISBN-13: 9780312655402
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ann Crittenden
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Description: In the pathbreaking tradition of Backlash and The Second Shift, Labor of Love opens the last frontier in the fight for women's equality: the economic penalties of motherhood. In this provocative book, award-winning economics journalist Ann Critten  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.49" wide x 8.14" long x 0.93" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

In the pathbreaking tradition of Backlash and The Second Shift, Labor of Love opens the last frontier in the fight for women's equality: the economic penalties of motherhood. In this provocative book, award-winning economics journalist Ann Critten argues that although women have been liberated, mothers have not. 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. The costs of motherhood are apparent everywhere. College-educated women pay a "mommy tax" of more than a million dollars in lost income when they have a child. Family law deprives mothers of financial equality in marriage. Most child care is excluded from the GDP, at-home mothers are not counted in the labor force, and the social safety net simply leaves them out. With passion and clarity, Critten dismantles the principal argument for the status quo: that it's a woman's "choice." She demonstrates, on the contrary, that proper recognition and reward for mothers' essential contributions would only enhance the welfare of all. 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.

Ann Crittenden is the author of Killing Sacred Cows: Bold Ideas for a New Economy. A former reporter for the New York Times and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, she has also been a financial writer for Newsweek, a visiting lecturer at M.I.T. and Yale, and an economics commentator for CBS News. Her articles have appeared in Fortune, The Nation, Foreign Affairs, McCall's, and Working Woman, among others. She lives with her husband and son in Washington, D.C.

Preface
Introduction
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?
Who Really Owns the Family Wage?
Who Pays for the Kids?
The Welfare State Versus a Caring State
The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love
An Accident Waiting to Happen
"It Was Her Choice"
Conclusion: How to Bring Children Up Without Putting Women Down
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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