Monday, October 25, 2010

Working mothers

At the Economix blog (NYTimes website), Nancy Folbre posts "Rich Mom, Poor Mom."  Summarizing the research of two sociologists, she reports what we all know -- that those comments about good moms never missing a dance recital or school conference are written by wealthy moms.
One cruel aspect of policies in this country is that, as Professor Budig and Ms. Hodges put it, “high-earning childless women hold the most family-friendly jobs” — those with paid family leaves, sick days and vacation time.
Although mothers are underrepresented in the highest echelons, those that reach them derive substantial benefits from family-friendly policies. ...
These “supermoms” are often in super jobs (and are able to hire super nannies). The other 95 percent of mothers pay a penalty that increases their economic vulnerability.
The other 95 percent.