Saturday, May 06, 2006

MOTHERHOOD MANIFESTO

Finally, a manifesto that makes sense from MomsRising:

"Mothers and families are in trouble. A full quarter of families with children under six live in poverty, at least 9 million children don't have any health care, and far too many parents can't afford to stay home with sick children. Working toward common sense family-friendly policies like those covered in The Motherhood Manifesto will help all families."

* Non-mothers earn 10 percent less than their male counterparts; mothers earn 27 percent less; and single mothers earn between 44 percent and 34 percent less.

* The situation for American mothers is increasingly critical: According to the U.S. Census, women’s overall wages are dropping compared to men—women lost a cent between 2002 and 2003, and now make 76 cents for every dollar made by men. Much of this wage gap can be attributed to the maternal wall.

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