Motherhood is hard and it is made much harder than it has to be by our outdated public policies.
Our laws and institutions place a penalty on motherhood, for family caregivers at home and in the paid workforce. Raising our children is a labor of love that also benefits our communities and our country. Without the care that takes place in families, no economy or society can function.
Mothers can change attitudes and outcomes by advocating for policies that promote family economic security and the well-being of family caregivers. Right here is where that happens.
Motherhood is now the single greatest risk factor
for poverty among American women.
~ Ann Crittenden
Author of The Price of Motherhood
- We must insist on policies that reflect our current reality: people must care for their families (children and elderly) while earning a living. Society could not function without this caring work, and much of that work is done by women and mothers.
- Our economic well-being as mothers and family caregivers, our families' well being, and the economic security of our nation's future are at stake.
- In spite of its status as the only remaining super power with the largest national economy, the U.S. has a very high rate of maternal and childhood poverty compared to other countries in the world.
- Millions of mothers remain economic dependents, despite the fact they produce the most important source of national wealth - our future citizens, taxpayers and labor force.