Challenging the Pew Research Center on Working Moms.

Time Magazine blogger Lisa Takeuchi Cullen wants to know why the
Pew Research Center continues to poll Americans about whether they think “working mothers” are good or bad for the country. “What kind of numb-nut question is that?” Takeuchi Cullen asked. “. . . Not only is this ‘debate’ boneheaded, it’s also damaging to the already strained psyches of the 75 percent of women ages 25 to 54 who work.” (September 2007)


In this day and age, I don't see how you can make mortgage payments and pay for piano lessons, let alone put kids through college on one income. The idiots asking PEW to do this research - PEW's paid to ask the questions, they don't do this on their own - have got to be independently wealthy 70-year-olds who believe Beaver Cleaverville still exists... Thanks for letting me rant.


It's interesting that as mothers have moved toward spending more of their time developing themselves and their careers, the standards for child supervision and care have reached levels unheard-of in the supposedly idyllic old 50's when kids were known to do things like ride their bikes across town by themselves - shoot, I did that in the 70s! Now, you've got to drive them to the front door of the school, accompany them to all their activities, and account for every minute of their time. Have the standards just been cranked up in response to mothers attempting to have a more diversified life experience? Or are we supposed to engage in all this intense supervision because we have dishwashers now and don't spend all day hand-washing the laundry?


It continuously boggles my mind that working motherhood is still an issue, especially in this day in age. Although I am happily married, I was raised by a single mother. What do they expect single moms to do? Sit around and collect unemployment? And for my married moms, what is wrong with a woman pursuing a career? Moms infrequently get to have something completely devoted to themselves and their abilities. Can a woman have a career and not be constantly questioned about their devotion to their families?