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Economics of Motherhood

  • By: Amy Richards
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The beliefs that motherhood should be highly valued and that those who have primary responsibility for rearing children should be adequately rewarded are popularly held; however, there is disagreement on how to appropriately compensate parents and caretakers (mothers, fathers, grandparents, and childcare workers). In lieu of a paycheck, some question if there is another way to ensure that the responsibility of child rearing is valued.

A Mother's Work

The last century has witnessed the evolving concept of how to compensate those who undertake parenting. With the onset of industrial revolution, the home ceased to be the main site of work. Both women and men were pushed to work long hours outside of the home, and with that came the dilmena of who would care for the children. ...

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