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The Motherhood Manifesto: What America's Moms Want and What to Do about Itby Joan Blades
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Motherhood in America is at a critical juncture. As women’s roles evolve, more women than ever are in the workforce and more children than ever are raised without a stay-at-home parent. At the same time, public and private policies that affect parenting and the workplace remain largely unchanged. The result is that parents, and mothers in particular, struggle to balance the needs of their children with the demands of their jobs. Some believe that mothers should balance parenting and career. Joan Blades — cofounder of MoveOn.org and one of Ms. Magazine's Women of the Year in 2003 — and Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner dare to argue otherwise.
In <i>The Motherhood Manifesto,</i> the authors argue that it’s time for broad change in America’s attitude towards working mothers. In both public and private sectors, radical shifts are needed to make parenting and the workplace compatible. The Manifesto identifies and demolishes the obstacles facing working mothers today, and proposes concrete solutions.
"A straightforward agenda by political activists Blades and Rowe-Finkbeiner advocates a seriously thought-out, workable scheme for empowering mothers at home and in the workplace. The book is snappily structured in chapters that correspond to the letters making up the word mother: M is for 'Maternity/Paternity Leave'; O for 'Open Flexible Work'; T for 'TV You Choose and Other After-School Programs'; H for 'Healthcare for All Kids'; E for 'Excellent Child Care'; and R for 'Realistic and Fair Wages.' In order to drive home these demands, the authors sound some alarming facts and statistics: although nearly three-quarters of American mother have jobs outside of the home, they tend to earn 27% less than men, while single moms earn 34% — 44% less. The national scandal of skyrocketing health care costs bankrupts families and pushes moms into marginalized jobs, while working mothers leave children home to unsupervised TV watching and substandard child care. The authors propose family-friendly flexible work schedules and offer compelling employer success stories. The U.S. military presents a model child care program, while a boost in the minimum wage would allow mothers a 'living wage.' 'As mothers go, so goes the country,' the authors warn, and they hammer home real ways of taking action." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Women shouldn't be discriminated against simply because they are mothers...but they are! The Motherhood Manifesto shares the heartfelt stories of mothers in America who dream of jobs with flexibility and benefits, mothers who can't afford their children's health and childcare expenses, and mothers who, time and time again, are penalized for raising a new generation. From professional women who hit the maternal wall, to childcare workers who can't afford quality care for their own children, this book captures what it means to be a mother in America today. This groundbreaking book also celebrates the successes of companies that have discovered the value of good family policies, families who are making it work, model childcare programs, and legislation that supports families.
About the Author
Joan Blades is a co-founder of moveon.org and was chosen as one of Ms. Magazines Women of the Year” in 2003 She was the cofounder with husband Wes Boyd of Berkeley Systems. She is the author of Mediate Your Divorce and co-wrote The Divorce Book. Blades lives in Northern California.
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner works as a consultant and researcher in the field of environmental policy and political strategy. She is the author of The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy and writes frequently about public policy, health and new feminism. Rowe-Finkbeiner lives in Washington.
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