In the pathbreaking tradition of "Backlash "and" The Second Shift," this provocative book shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made dependent by a society that exploits those who perform its most critical work. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and the most current research in economics, history, child development, and law, Ann Crittenden proves that although women have been liberated, mothers have not. The costs of motherhood are everywhere apparent. College-educated women pay a "mommy tax" of over a million dollars in lost income when they have a child. Family law deprives mothers of financial equality in marriage. Stay-at-home mothers and their work are left out of the GDP, the labor force, and the social safety net. With passion and clarity, Crittenden demonstrates that proper rewards for mothers' essential contributions would only enhance the general welfare. Bold, galvanizing, full of innovative solutions, "The Price of Motherhood" offers a much-needed accounting of the price that mothers pay for performing the most important job in the world.
Ann Crittenden is the author of "Killing the Sacred Cows: Bold Ideas for a New Economy." A former reporter for "The New York Times "and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, she has also been a financial writer for "Newsweek," a visiting lecturer at M.I.T. and Yale, and an economics commentator on "CBS News." Her articles have appeared in "Fortune," The "Nation," "Foreign Affairs," "McCalls," and "Working Woman," among others. She lives with her husband and son in Washington, D.C.