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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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.

GREAT book for moms and working women alike! So I upped it to three. But she does it because she loves her children and wants what is best for them, and that is her choice.

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

That widespread perception often permeates my own thinking and has me wondering if what I’m doing truly is of any value. Published January 1st by Holt McDougal first published They could mmotherhood more fair divorce settlements. It’s the fact that she is making all these arguments about motherhood being not valued, but the whole time I feel that she is saying that you only have value as a mother if you are working, too.

I definitely think that motherhood should not just be rewarded by warm fuzzies, like many people seem to think. As Prics says, “A mother’s work is not just invisible; it can become a handicap. What it all comes down to, though, is that caring needs to be conceptualized as work if it is ever to be properly valued socially, legally or economically. Crittenden presents a fascinating case of what a divorce settlement would look like for a family where the husband works and the mother stays at home with the children where the income is divided in such a way that keeps all people at the same percentage above the poverty line as they were when the marriage was in tact.


Yes, a real choice that will cost society an enormous amount of money through expanded socialism and entitlements and still won’t be as good as the traditional family.

I’m on the fence on this one. So this is definitely outdated in terms of research, so I wanted to give it only two stars.

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

The only way for women to compete with men the way the feminists of the 60s and 70s encouraged is not to have children. Some of her specific suggestions include the right to a parental year-long paid leave, a shortened workweek, equal pay and benefits for part-time work, equalized social security calculations for spouses, universal preschool, tax crittemden, unpaid household labor factored into the GDP, divorce and child support reform, etc.

I still hope to get married and have kids. Especially in the legal arena, there are some astoundingly simple changes that could and should be made to value the type of work that the majority of the country’s women perform.

But now I’m certain that I won’t go into any marriage–no matter the monetary value of our assets–without talking through a prenup. Good book; very detailed; interesting read. This is a worldwide problem, with worldwide implications. Now, she is expected, by law, to both work and to do the bulk of the nurturing of children.

It was written in the late 90s, and the data it draws from shows this. Feb 03, Marin rated it it was amazing. It really isn’t fair. I have learned a lot about what we really value in this country and what I value myself.

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

Social Security devalues mothering in two ways. As a result, the number one indicator for poverty in old age Ann Crittenden was a journalist for Newsweek and the New York Times before she decided to leave her full-time career and devote her time to full-time caregiving for her child. She lives with her husband and son in Washington, D. Or to subsidize it?


Bold Ideas for a New Economy. The book approaches the subject of motherhood from an economic standpoint and in nearly every evaluation, the mother who chooses to care for her child, whether as an at-home mom or as a working mom who forgoes overtime and higher pressure job tracks, pays a hefty price. Yet to this day those who rear children are denied access to economic resources of their own. That was the only difference between the two groups of men. Her main point is that motherhood is a hugely important societal benefit, but, for all of the lip service Americans give it, it goes unrewarded in any way that counts.

However, where does that leave our children?

She’s already established that women do the bulk of the nurturing, whether they are at home or not, and yet, she says it is not good for a man to provide for his family because it makes his wife “dependent” on him.

My mother worked hard creating a loving home environment, raising four children and being wife to my energetic, responsible and loving father. I did complete a master’s degree while caring for children, so it isn’t lack of i I love this book. Motherhood — Economic aspects — United States. 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.

Men are trash” in future versions of the class.

Women who have access to money are more likely to spend that money on the children’s pdice than fathers. 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. In the Netherlands the official workweek is thirty-six hours, and workers have a right to a four-day week.

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