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The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued (Ann Crittenden)

4.5 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
Though well-written and thought provoking, The Price of Motherhood is going to be a divisive book for many people – in it, Crittenden effectively argues that the “mother” (defined as the primary nurturer/caregiver within the household) is often asked, consciously and unconsciously,  to give up a large portion of her professional identity, her future income, and even her sense of self-respect.  The book is a well-organized mixture of surveys, journalistic-style reporting and interviews, as well as an analysis of how other countries have handled the issues of parenting,  including paid time off, etc.  Though there wasn’t much that I hadn’t heard of tangentially, it’s presented here with a blend of anecdotes and data that is engrossing and articulate and addresses an issue that should be generating more conversation and debate.

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