Friday, May 11

Happy Mother's Day - A Mother's Work is Never Done

What if you went to visit your mother on Mother's Day and she was out changing the world?

A number of events being organized by women's groups around Mother's Day have more to do with making the world a better place than with you having brunch with mother. This year, you might find your mother on Parliament Hill, or standing for peace in a park. Mothers are not just organizing to get their due. Pity, since much points to their underappreciated value. A recent American study found that a full-time stay-at-home mother should earn $134,100 per year US if she were paid according to the earning power of the 10 jobs that most closely comprise a mother's role. Sociologist James Q. Wilson suggests that taking care of children should be counted as a societal contribution similar to the contribution of a soldier who devotes his young years to protecting society: something like veterans' benefits should be allotted to caregivers.

LINK: Excerpt, column by Chairperson Ginette Petitpas-Taylor

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