Crittenden is fond of pointing out the hypocrisies plaguing America, and one is the belief in a welfare state enabling single mothers. The true welfare state, she says, protects paid workers from unforeseen risks through social security, unemployment insurance, and workman's compensation. Mothers who work part-time or not at all have no such safety net and typically take a nosedive into poverty, along with their children, after divorce or the death of their spouse. Married working moms are also punished--they pay the highest taxes on earned income in America. Crittenden's impassioned argument is based on research in a variety of fields, from economics to child development to demography. She shows how mothers were demoted from an economic asset to dependents, why welfare for only a certain group of mothers bred bitterness among the rest, and why there is currently an exodus of highly trained women from the work force.
Crittenden also travels far and wide for solutions. She finds them not only in such European nations as Sweden--which has abolished child poverty by giving mothers a year's paid leave, cash subsidies, and flexible work schedules--but in the U.S. military, which runs the best subsidized child-care program in the country and knows the value of providing special benefits to those who selflessly serve their country. Ultimately, Crittenden insists, the equality women have been fighting for will only be achieved when mothers are recognized as productive citizens creating a much-needed public good--human capital, or in layman's terms, well-raised children who grow into productive, law abiding citizens (and who pay into social security). This is an admirable--and charged--defense of motherhood, reminding us that unpaid female labor is "the priceless, invisible heart of the economy," and those who engage in this labor deserve the same rights, and the same respect, as other workers. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Though well-written and thought provoking, The Price of Motherhood is going to be a divisive book for many people – in it, Crittenden effectively argues that... Read more
I have to admit, I had to buy this book for class, it was required. But I must admit, I enjoyed reading this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jessica
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I wish more people (e.g. politicians) took its message seriously.Published 18 months ago by J.B.
Crittenden offers an important work on something that is relevant to any parent or anyone thinking about becoming a parent. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Monika Matthews
This books gives you a great perspective on motherhood. I'm not a mom yet, but they bring up good points to speak to your partner about if you're getting ready to make that... Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by Tiffine
Did you know that mothers in France, rich or poor, married or single, receive free health care, year-long paid maternity leave, a cash allowance for each child, and their children... Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by Jennifer M. Wilson
I had to read this book in small doses. The issues the author presents and the way she presents them are so infuriating and at the same time so depressing that I kept thinking I... Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by hestia74
The book was great and the seller was awesome! Very helpful and even went out of her way to get it to me early. I was very satisfied with my purchase.Published on October 29, 2009 by B. Collins
I was hoping for more of a "price" mothers pay in terms of lost promotions, projects, opportunities, stature and the treatment they receive as a "consequence" of becoming a mother... Read morePublished on October 9, 2009 by empress