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

The Price of Motherhood

Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued

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Published: 23rd November 2010
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In the pathbreaking tradition of Backlash and The Second Shift, Labor of Love opens the last frontier in the fight for women's equality: the economic penalties of motherhood.
In this provocative book, award-winning economics journalist Ann Critten argues that although women have been liberated, mothers have not. Drawing on hundreds of interviews around the country and the most current research in economics, history, child development, and law, she shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made depent by a society that praises the labor of love but undervalues and even exploits those who perform it.
The costs of motherhood are apparent everywhere. College-educated women pay a "mommy tax" of more than a million dollars in lost income when they have a child. Family law deprives mothers of financial equality in marriage. Most child care is excluded from the GDP, at-home mothers are not counted in the labor force, and the social safety net simply leaves them out. With passion and clarity, Critten dismantles the principal argument for the status quo: that it's a woman's "choice." She demonstrates, on the contrary, that proper recognition and reward for mothers' essential contributions would only enhance the welfare of all.
Bold and galvanizing, full of innovative solutions, Labor of Love offers a much-needed accounting of the price mothers pay to carry out society's most important job.

"A landmark book." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Powerful and important . . . Written with a fine passion, The Price of Motherhood challenges the received ideas of economists, feminists, and conservatives alike and ought to be read by all of them." --The New York Times Book Review

"A scathing indictment of policies that cheat mothers . . . Crittenden turns out a fresh, persuasive argument. Sure to inspire vigorous debate." --Megan Rutherford, Time

"Fascinating . . . shows how women have been consistently denied social and, more important, monetary equality for raising their families." --Susan Straight, Los Angeles Times A landmark book. San Francisco Chronicle

Powerful and important . . . Written with a fine passion, The Price of Motherhood challenges the received ideas of economists, feminists, and conservatives alike and ought to be read by all of them. The New York Times Book Review

A scathing indictment of policies that cheat mothers . . . Crittenden turns out a fresh, persuasive argument. Sure to inspire vigorous debate. Megan Rutherford, Time

Fascinating . . . shows how women have been consistently denied social and, more important, monetary equality for raising their families. Susan Straight, Los Angeles Times

" A landmark book. "San Francisco Chronicle"

Powerful and important . . . Written with a fine passion, "The Price of Motherhood" challenges the received ideas of economists, feminists, and conservatives alike and ought to be read by all of them. "The New York Times Book Review"

A scathing indictment of policies that cheat mothers . . . Crittenden turns out a fresh, persuasive argument. Sure to inspire vigorous debate. "Megan Rutherford, Time"

Fascinating . . . shows how women have been consistently denied social and, more important, monetary equality for raising their families. "Susan Straight, Los Angeles Times"" "A landmark book." --"San Francisco Chronicle"

"Powerful and important . . . Written with a fine passion, "The Price of Motherhood" challenges the received ideas of economists, feminists, and conservatives alike and ought to be read by all of them."" --The New York Times Book Review"

"A scathing indictment of policies that cheat mothers . . . Crittenden turns out a fresh, persuasive argument. Sure to inspire vigorous debate." "--"Megan Rutherford, "Time"

"Fascinating . . . shows how women have been consistently denied social and, more important, monetary equality for raising their families."" --"Susan Straight, "Los Angeles Times" "A landmark book." -"San Francisco Chronicle"

"Powerful and important . . . Written with a fine passion, "The Price of Motherhood" challenges the received ideas of economists, feminists, and conservatives alike and ought to be read by all of them."" -The New York Times Book Review"

"A scathing indictment of policies that cheat mothers . . . Crittenden turns out a fresh, persuasive argument. Sure to inspire vigorous debate." "-"Megan Rutherford, "Time"

"Fascinating . . . shows how women have been consistently denied social and, more important, monetary equality for raising their families."" -"Susan Straight, "Los Angeles Times"

ISBN: 9780312655402
ISBN-10: 0312655401
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 23rd November 2010
Publisher: Picador USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.1  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 10