The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation

The War on Moms On Life in a Family Unfriendly Nation A stinging account of how public policy and private businesses have failed to adapt to working mothers Jennifer Ludden NPRWhy life is harder on American families than it s been in decades the book th

  • Title: The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation
  • Author: Sharon Lerner
  • ISBN: 9780470177099
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A stinging account of how public policy and private businesses have failed to adapt to working mothers Jennifer Ludden, NPRWhy life is harder on American families than it s been in decades the book that takes the blame away from moms and puts it where it really belongsPressed for time and money, unable to find decent affordable daycare, wracked with guilt at falling sh A stinging account of how public policy and private businesses have failed to adapt to working mothers Jennifer Ludden, NPRWhy life is harder on American families than it s been in decades the book that takes the blame away from moms and puts it where it really belongsPressed for time and money, unable to find decent affordable daycare, wracked with guilt at falling short of the mythic supermom ideal working and non working American mothers alike have it harder today than they have in decades, and they are worse off than many of their peers around the world Why Because they re raising their kids in a family unfriendly nation that virtually sets them up to fail The War on Moms exposes the stress put on families by an outdated system still built around the idea that women can afford not to work It tells the truth that overworked, stressed out American moms need to hear that they re not alone, and they re not to blame.Exposes a lack of reasonable and flexible work opportunities as the real cause of the supposed rift between employed and stay at home mothersExplodes the myths about supermoms, slacker dads, opt out moms, bootstrap moms, daycare options, and make money from home scamsUncovers the widespread, brutal reality of having no paid maternity leaveOffers portraits of real women across social classes and across the country who are struggling with issues that will strike a familiar chord with most AmericansExplains why American women have it hard and why it s not going to get any easier until the country dramatically changes courseThe War on Moms turns the mommy wars debate on its head by arguing that a mother s real enemy is not other women, but a nationwide indifference to the cultural and economic realities facing parents and families in the United States today.

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    1. The War on Moms claims to be different from other looks at women in the workplace - specifically mothers - because it focuses on the working class rather than the "elites." The book takes a classist view, noting that the plight of the working class is not representative of women in America as a whole. That may be true, but of course if women in the so-called elites (you know, the ones with ivy league degrees and white shoe careers) are having trouble piercing the glass ceiling and "opt out" (i.e [...]


    2. I flipped through this, not because it wasn't good - but because the facts are so goddamned depressing and hopeless that I couldn't bear to revisit them. I just upped this review up a star in response to the critical reviews that seem think America is an amazing country for Moms and families and it will all just sort itself out if women can pull themselves up by their goddamned bootstraps and stay married and plan for their giant hospital bills and find affordable private daycare (snort) bafflin [...]


    3. The War on Moms / 978-0-470-17709-9It's not easy being a mom, and it's becoming more and more so in America. You probably already knew that, but what author Lerner can provide in this fast blow to the gut are the numbers and facts to back that statement up. Interspersed with anecdotal tales of tragedy and of well-meaning, loving families sinking into heart-rending poverty at the birth of a developmentally challenged child, or the unexpected loss of a job, the reader will also find hard facts and [...]


    4. I abandoned this book.I picked it up because it looked interesting, and because it addresses key issues that I find to be increasingly important in my everyday life. The truth is: we live in a culture and society that refuses to support parents. It starts with a total lack of support for maternity/paternity leave, includes unreal "options" for childcare and safety while continuing to work, continues with an unrealistic expectation for hours when one has a family, and so on. These are all true. W [...]


    5. This book does a great job of demonstrating the problems facing working as well as stay at home mothers in the middle and lower classes. I liked how this book showed that stay at home moms do not always have it easy and are often struggling to survive, while also showing that working mothers don't always get to chose to work or not but are often forced to return to work before they are ready. It draws attention to the fact that if things are this hard for so many people than something is wrong w [...]


    6. This is a fantastic book! Lerner talks about how the U.S. lacks a coherent policy to help mothers (and parents in general) from having the money, security, and healthcare they need for themselves and their infants. Children are the future and it is beneficial for all of society to invest in their care (as we do with public education), but before school begins women are mostly on their own finding a job with maternity leave, health coverage, and the flexibility to take care of their kids. Some re [...]


    7. This book describes in a way that I think even the most conservative mother would see the need for more societal and political support for public policies that encourages families to provide for their children. It just makes sense that a government would have a vested interest in investing in children as they are the future of the country. It is well illustrated that families just like many Americans get a better deal in countries like Holland, Sweden and France. Holland has the best societal su [...]


    8. I won this book for Free on First-reads! I loaned it to a friend who said the book was very insightful; "It was like reading a book about my own life." I can't wait to read it for myself. It is an insightful book about socioeconomic hardships that low and middle class mothers face. This book is a real conversation starter. If you agree with the thought that mothers should have the government help raise their children and take the burden off of them, then this book will give you some ammo. If, h [...]


    9. Lerner writes eloquently and powerfully about the lack of 1) paid maternity leave, 2) flexible work options, and 3) quality affordable childare in the US and the cumulative effect of this trifecta on the American family. Lerner points out that the US is a serious outlier in supporting family, unlike Djibouti, for example, which offers 14 months of paid maternity leave. She also points out that some women can't actually *afford* to work, given the pay/childcare cost ratio. Important book.


    10. Wow! Everyone should read this. She definitely focuses on public policy being the solution but she does touch on a lot of 'touchy' subjects and does not seem judgmental of any choice a parent decides (stay at home or work). Her focus is more on how our society can be supportive of the choices that families make. The last paragraph sums up the entire book well.


    11. Skimmed large parts of the second half. Not an incredibly mind-blowing read by any means, but definitely some good insights and information for anyone who hasn't looked into this topic before. I was a little bored with it though, to be frank.


    12. Why are U.S. mothers so pressed for time and money? Journalist Sharon Lerner sets aside such decoys as "opts-out moms" and "slacker dads" to examine the root of the problem: family-unfriendly U.S. policies.


    13. Felt totally disgusted with the U.S. after reading this. We're the only industrialized nation in the world that does not offer paid family leave. I'm moving to France.




    14. my good friend sharon wrote this and i've heard her do several readings from it and i know it's amazingyou should read it too!


    15. This book is a lot of complaining, but sparce on suggestions of how to reverse the issues surrounding "working moms".



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