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Only 42 percent of working mothers in the United States stay home for the first twelve weeks of their infants' lives.
Because of their desperate need for income and flexibility, moms make up the vast majority of people who get caught up in multilevel-marketing schemes.
Throughout the country, it is harder, rather than easier, for women to get health insurance once they're pregnant.
There may not be any shooting going on, but plenty of American mothers feel like they're under siege. Between inadequate and, in many cases, nonexistent maternity leave, prohibitively expensive child care, and employers who are neither required nor inclined to make any concessions to the needs of working mothers, the American mom is routinely forced to choose between caring for her family and keeping her job—and the desperately needed income and benefits that go with it. These are not simply the problems of individuals; they have a serious negative impact on America as a whole.
In The War on Moms, respected journalist Sharon Lerner reveals the great sea of beleaguered and overburdened people in America—mostly women, but some men, too—stuck between the need to support their families and the desire to live a decent life with them. Single or part of a couple in which both partners work, they have no one at home to handle the inevitable overflow of domestic responsibilities, leaving them impossibly squeezed by the combination of work and family that constitutes everyday life. Lerner connects this dismaying trend with the fact that the remarkable three-decade trajectory of women's advances in the working world has begun to flatten out, stall, and even decline in the United States in recent years. Lerner combines compelling and heart-wrenching interviews with stressed-out, struggling, financially-strapped moms—she had plenty to interview—with convincing statistical evidence of the size, severity, and impact of this growing problem. She exposes some of the most popular assumptions about the imbalance of work and life in this country as oversimplifications—and sometimes outright fictions. Perhaps the most insidious are that women are to blame for their problems; that male partners alone are the root of the problem; and that high-end employers could solve everything if they wanted to. She also exposes the myth of the feud between working mothers and stay-at-home moms.
What do America's moms need that they're not getting? According to Lerner, guaranteed paid maternity leave; decent, affordable child care; health coverage; and good, flexible work options would make a huge difference. She shows that generous policies to support women in other industrial nations have increased fertility as well as women's participation in the work force—and makes the case that these supports could lessen both the depression among mothers and the financial stresses that many families experience after childbirth in the United States.
Nobody officially declared a war on motherhood, but the result couldn't be much worse if they had. Read The War on Moms and find out what must be done to stop the fighting.
It was a wonderful, fascinating book, that really everyone should read.
The author didn't seem to elaborate on positive solutions to these problems, and perhaps she should have sought out some examples (like my story) for her book.
Like I mentioned before, this is not a typical Mommy Wars book because it does not point the blame at the working mother or at the stay-at-home mother.
Spend hours upon hours reading about how life is so unfair when you don't use effective family planning responsibly. Read morePublished 8 months ago by FastTextNow
"The War On Moms" shows how U.S. culture is set up to make life difficult for parents, particularly mothers. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Silicon Valley Girl
The author thinks that working women should be given special privileges to help them have it all, ie. have their cake and eat it too. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by N. David
Very dry commentary with no how-to's on how to fix the problem. Was hoping for more insightfulness on how this issure can be turned around.Published on October 13, 2011 by julie
However I feel like it's a lot of rambling, with no signifint solutions offered. The text seems unorganized to me, and while the author's anger is apparent, it's in more of a... Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by MicheleLK
"The War on Moms" has such an important message that I was very disappointed that it wasn't a better book. Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by CrimsonGirl
This is an excellent book. I first checked it out from the library and now I have decided to add it to my collection of books. Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by Michelle Koler
The War on Moms should be required reading for every mom and dad and everyone who is thinking about having children. Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Leslie dePietro
"The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood," said educator Mary McLeod Bethune. Read morePublished on September 24, 2010 by J. L LaRegina