Our culture is stuck in the '50s when it comes to feeding the family. It's still her job, even if it now means picking up a pizza, or microwaving frozen concoctions that taste like the cartons they come in.
Job creation plans from every candidate need to take women's paid work -- and the sectors in which they are likely to find work, such as state and local governments -- more seriously if we are to build a stronger economy for tomorrow.
The stratification of the job market is even more acute today than it was in my youth. Adult immigrants are trying to raise families on the kind of jobs I did as a way of contributing to my college expenses.
According to a report estimating how much it would cost to pay someone else for the work we do at home, stay-at-home moms would get $117,856, and moms with outside jobs would earn $71,860 above their salaries.
Because fertility is experienced as a very personal issue, it ends up getting very little critical discussion. Time for an honest exploration of the dynamics of birth timing and women's work, especially in our recession.
Released from old biological constraints, women have flooded the universities and climbed career ladders, redefining "women's work" by expanding it to include just about every field, and doubling our national talent pool.