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 agree with this, but I also think Social Security is on it’s way to bankrupting our country and that the full cost of this entitlement will be paid on the backs of our children, so fixing Social Security to value SAHMs is probably not the first priority in that broken system.

All this unpaid labor is going pric economically. Before I read it, I took on the naive “feminist” but not really feminist at all position that women should be working and not at home.

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Books by Ann Crittenden. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I fear that if I needed to “rejoin the labor force,” then my time spent as a SAHM would, as Crittenden says, become a handicap.

The Invention of the Unproductive Housewife. Crittenden seems to come to the conclusion that any form of motherhood is worthy of financial remuneration, it matters not if a mother’s child is in round-the-clock day care. More about the book: 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. Yep — “quality day care” of the touted studies you know, the ones that show that children in “quality” care do as well as those with mother’s at home is actually elusive, and where it exists, expensive and with long waiting lists, giving some mothers no choice but to stay home with their own children.


Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Crittenden offers a compelling argument that transcends the “mommy wars” and gets to the heart of what I think is really at stake there anyway.

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

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. I don’t believe that any of the changes recommended in the book will ever come to be in this country, at least not in my lifetime. Bold and galvanizing, full of innovative solutions, The Price of Motherhood reveals the glaring disparity between the value created by mothers’ work and the reward women receive for carrying out society’s most important job.

But she makes it all about money. So many of her suggestions seem to focus entirely on getting all moms working. But in the second half of crittenren book I felt profound disappointment. Children require sacrifices, which Crittenden, who stayed home with her first child and paid her own “mommy tax” in her high-profile career as a journalist, well knows.

Maybe it is because my husband and I have a very good relationship, financially, that I feel they way I do. How can they hold the same value when one helps mold a productive human?

The only way for women to compete with men the way the feminists of the 60s and 70s encouraged is not to have children. She says that we need to stop the stigma of being a mother, but she seems to be adding to the stigma of being a stay-at-home-mother. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. It’s quality needs to go up.

Sep 22, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. She is not eligible for unemployment insurance if she works part-time or at home; and she is not eligible for disability insurance; ie: A women’s magazine editor wrote recently, “If The Feminine Mystique was the book that laid the seeds for the women’s movement of the ‘s, The Price of Motherhood may someday be regarded as the one that did the same for the mothers’ movement.

Jun 29, Natalie rated it did not like it. And why is it fair that just because you an to take care of your children, you are rewarded with a low lifetime income if your husband bails? Still some inner voice urged her out into the world, motherohod inlike so many crittenfen in their 40s at the time, she headed off to do office work.


I’m even going to find a good way to put my full-time motherhood on my professional resume because I am more and more convinced that it is a mark of professional pride. Nov 14, Nicole Johns rated it really liked it Recommends it for: They could require employers to hold jobs open for mothers temporarily leaving the crittennden, as they do for veterans. I think the roles of mothers and fathers continue to evolve, however, and this book seems a bit one-sided in light of this view.

She completed all of the work except for the dissertation for a PhD tbe modern European history from Columbia.

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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. Crittenden has done some serious homework in this book serving up some awesome empirical evidence in support of her claims, most of which are economical considerations and concerns.

Paperbackpages. They could subsidize child-care for working mothers with small children. Women who stay home with their kids crittendeen at a disadvantage financially and in terms of power. It also articulated what I noticed working with clients who are home health aides for the elderly. Businesses and communities are receiving the benefits of this situatio I just finished reading frittenden book and, I have to say, I haven’t concentrated so hard on a text since college.