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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She has also been a financial writer and foreign correspondent for Newsweek, a reporter for Fortune magazine, a visiting lecturer for MIT and Yale, an economics commentator for CBS News, and executive director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. And rather mothfrhood challenging the world we live in, I instead blamed other women for staying home. The second is that a widow presumably had no choice about her husband’s death, while many divorced women did have some choice in the matter of their divorce.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The information is relevant and empowering. Feb 24, Frrobins rated it it was crirtenden. Jul 19, Kimberley rated it it was amazing. Why did I thee this book that almost caused me to froth at the mouth?

I love this book. Why is hhe country not investing in them? Jan 09, Rachel rated it it was amazing. As a SAHM, the pay sucks, you don’t earn any social security credits, divorce laws are not in your favor, and you are of low status. Won’t they be the future leaders and tax payers when we are retiring?

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The Price of Motherhood Quotes by Ann Crittenden

What depressed me about this book is that things are grim, no matter which kind amn mom you are. It will without a doubt open your eyes, and you will never see motherhood in the same light again. This exemplary book covers the economic myths of motherhood through the stark testimonies of childcare hardships and financial inequality in marriage: The entire book is about the natural man; devoid of the qualities that make marraige and motherhood worth it.

The thesis of the book is that parents mothers specifically provide a “free” service to our society by raising law-abiding, social security paying citizens.

This is worth a read! Give every parent a year’s paid leave. I don’t have a great head for econ, and I want to give this book credit for explaining economic concepts like threat points as applied to marriage and relationships in much more approachable terms than any of the other books I’ve used in this class. Here are her main arguments and my evaluation of them: The following items were successfully added.

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Some people may think that Mrs. It’s absurd the position that this devaluing motherhood puts caretakers. I wish the author had allowed some space to discuss mothers who choose motherhood, and who tend their children because they believe it is the best choice to make for them. This treatment of those who care for children is justified on the grounds that it is women’s “choice.


All this unpaid labor is going unrecognized economically. The price of motherhood is everywhere apparent. Fact is, I’ve never heard such a statement and the truth is that dependency on each other makes for strong marriages. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time left to go into the other major points of her book, but here they are briefly: When I was in my early 20s, many of my neighborhood friends from grade school were married and had their first children shortly afterward.

Crittenden’s critique of our treatment of mothers, working or otherwise, may prove vital to continued efforts to improve the status of all women in the U. I encourage everyone to read it. Jun 29, Natalie rated it did not like it. I also know that France is considering ending their 35 hour work week, in favor of a 40 hour work-week. Corporate America substantially rewards those who are unencumbered and able to work critetnden a dog for promotions.

She lives with her husband and son in Washington, D. It also articulated what I noticed working with clients who are home health aides for the elderly. Or to subsidize it? I see that there are a number of folks who found this book not worthwhile at all.

Women make sacrifices for children and feminism needs to acknowledge the importance of rearing children.