Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and Moveon.org and MomsRising have partnered to offer free copies of the DVD Motherhood Manifesto. Did you know that “only four countries in the world—Lesotho, Swaziland, Papua New Guinea and the United States fail to provide paid maternity leave to all workers, and mothers in the United States are only half as likely as non-mothers to be hired for the same job?” M is for maternity and paternity leave, O is for open flexible work, T is TV and after school programs, H is for health care for all kids, E is for excellent childcare, R is for realistic and fair wages, and HOOD is for visit the neighborhood. Put it all together and you have MOTHERHOOD! Anne Crittendon writes, “The most important job, even economists agree, is raising the next generation. This is still predominantly women’s work, and they are still unpaid, badly paid, and often disrespected for doing it. Caring for others, especially for children, is so taken for granted, especially in the U.S., that having a baby is the single worst financial decision an American woman can make……Social policy does little to insure these risks or reward mothers for their economic contribution. Nannies earn Social Security credits; mothers do not. They earn a zero for every year they spend caring for family members. This means that motherhood is the single biggest risk factor for poverty in old age.” The Motherhood Manifesto will also be playing on some PBS stations.
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