In an enlightening article by CNN Money light is shed on the harsh realities many mothers face, the one where they would work simply to pay someone else to raise their children as they could not make enough for much more than that.
It spoke of a public school teacher that at the end of the day after insurance and taxes and 401k and childcare would being in only 18k for the year, to help cover commute, clothing, lunches, and out of pocket costs of being a teacher. She said it was not worth it to pay someone else to raise her child.
When my husband and I choose to have children, knowing his military job would take him from out children we choose the same path, for me to stay home and not to pay someone else to raise out children. I did not have a college degree even if I had felt the need to work and not be a homeschooling mother.
With so many mothers leaving the work force for one reason or another the percent of women in the work force is now as low as it was on 1993. What does this mean?
Aside from it being terrible for those mothers who badly want to work and do not want to stay home, does it mean our society might change it’s views on stay at home mothering? I might be dreaming but I hope it does.
While I am a feminist it has bothered me greatly that my choice is not commonly supported, valued, or validated. While I love what I do and I know it is work sometimes one needs validation too.