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Apr 16, 2006

I came across a very interesting article published today in the LA Times and I thought it was worthwhile posting an excerpt here and the pinpoint URL to where you can read the full article.

Notable quote: "motherhood is now the single greatest obstacle left in the path to economic equality..."

What makes this statement true is bad government policies -- e.g. In Canada the new federal Conservative government, has cancelled the Best Start Program and is proceeding with a retarded plan to give taxpayers with young children, $1,200 a year.

$1,200 a year will NOT pay for 6 weeks worth of child care in Canada let alone a year's worth! Unfudgingbelievable!

So what is a sole support working mother supposed to do when she can no longer access subsidized child care? Not only may she have to chose between feeding her kids and paying the rent, but she may be forced to quit her job and stay home because $1,200 won't go very far in paying someone to provide child care.

The hand that rocks the cradle
by Susan Salter Reynolds, LA Times staff writer


NOT enough has changed in the 43 years since Betty Friedan wrote "The Feminine Mystique," one of the first and loudest wake-up calls for working women. While the discussion Friedan started continues to rage, motherhood has become its own odd form of social disease.

From the spiritual angst of the very wealthy to the anxious over-parenting of the upper middle class to the impossible financial crunch on poor families in this country, it is the new battleground, marked by an apparent wall between working and nonworking mothers, a trumped-up mud-wrestling match that has distracted us from more important issues since at least the 1980s, when writer Jan Russell coined the term "mommy wars."

If several new books are any indication, these mommy wars continue to divide us, with some mothers falling back on good old feminism while others take up arms in the backlash brigade.

Still others focus on motherless mothers and the psychological tripwires that add more angst for women who lost their role models before they had children of their own.

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Posted: Sunday April 16, 2006, 10:28 am
Tags: women feminism motherhood [add/edit tags]

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Barbara Anello
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