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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I should have reviewed this book sooner after reading it and before reading a book with many opposing argumentsbut I do remember the fundamentals: Women who have access to money are more likely to spend that money on the children’s well-being motheryood fathers. The costs of motherhood are apparent everywhere.

Why is our country not investing in them? She maintains that feminists, afraid of being stereotyped by their detractors, have abandoned working mothers, focusing instead on women who have chosen career over family–in other words, who have chosen to take on the traditional male role. But it was a fascinating read.

Even as late as”married working mothers in the United States with childrenearnedhalf of what their husbands earned.

This “mommy tax,” in my mind, is the failure of feminism to account for the biological, emotional and internal desires drittenden have to be mothers, not wage-earners. 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 oof want to do a deep dive into the numbers and then carry on with the rest of the book.

However, Crittenden still gives plenty of facts to digest. I also am looking at what is going in the European countries she extolled in this book.

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I alternate between saying, “Yeah, Sistah! As a result, mothers, children, and society as a whole pay an enormous price. One person found this helpful. They have no unequivocal right to half the family assets, and are not considered joint recipients of the primary breadwinner’s income-during or after marriage.

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

A precious book indeed! Body Full of Stars: Ann Crittenden is the author of Killing the Sacred Cows: Its focus on the economics of motherhood and caregiving work, whether in or out of the home, is absolutely valuable, but I was uncomfortable with how much it valued women for their reproductive abilities and “natural” nurturing desires being quashed by those nasty work-first feminists.


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. Who makes the sacrifice and whether there is some way socially to compensate those who prce it is a very interesting debate. I do have to concede that I don’t want to feel this way about being a parent. English Choose a language for shopping.

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. The main idea this book presents is that motherhoox society still fails to incentivize mothers proportionally for what they contribute to the economy by raising children i.

It’s absurd the position that this devaluing motherhood puts caretakers. If child care is paid, it is classified as “unskilled,” a decision ccrittenden explains why there is critrenden a shortage of trained nannies in the U. Ann Crittenden has the answers. Basically they won’t do the job that my tax dollars are paying them to do, so the burden falls on me to do it for free. Aug 06, Christina rated it really liked it.

Summary In the pathbreaking tradition of Backlash and The Second Shift, Labor of Love opens the last frontier in the fight for women’s equality: It taught me an essential part of feminism – that in order to achieve true equality, we need to value home motheehood as I credit this book with a massive paradigm shift in myself.

It was well written, extremely well organized, and brilliantly researched. Motherhood — United States. 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. 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.


Apr 29, Ashley rated it did not like it. Aann Designer Fashion Brands. Why did I like this book that almost caused me to froth at the mouth? ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Once again, it seems that feminists are demanding that government provide a suitable subsitute for the work of a stay-at-home mom, so that women can be free to “have it all” and be saved from the tough choices that come with bringing a child into pfice world.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Give every parent a year’s paid leave. The same economic arguments can apply, but not only does Crittenden exclude them from most of her book, her key suggestions at the end of the book completely give them the shaft when she suggests economic incentives that kick in for existing marriages only when the couple reproduces.

This book inspired me to write this essay. In addition to child support, men are expected to pay their share based on income, custody arrangements, etc of any day care expenses. A clear example of how good parents benefit the economy is illustrated clearly by the story of Tony Williams, a former Washington D. But It’s kind of ironic. I’m sorry to see motherhopd so many of them are women.

Family law deprives mothers of financial equality in marriage. But I think her best point was just that we need to value mothering and caretakeing, mothherhood it occurs and by whomever.

They could ease immigration restrictions on skilled child care workers seeking to come to the United States as nannies. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Our country talks so much about “family values”, but very little is done economically to back it. Her previous books include Sanctuary: I think our current immigration policy is a travesty and this rule is one that should be changed.