One Mother’s Day a year is probably not enough to thank our moms for all they’ve done for us. Being a mom is hard work, and it might be better if we devoted as much time to thanking them as they devoted to supporting us. But Mother’s Day at least gives us an occasion to express our appreciation, in whatever way we can.
Mother’s Day can also be an occasion to think about other moms. Not just your mom but the many women raising children around the state and across the country. They, too, work hard for their kids, and these days most of them have jobs outside the home as well. But for all that hard work, a lot of moms are still struggling to keep their families afloat.
Working Mother’s Day
There is nothing new about mothers working outside of the home. When the founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, first proposed the national holiday, she was thinking of the remarkable work done by her own mother, who had battled for public health and built new ties of friendship between Americans divided by the Civil War.
What is new is that more mothers are getting paid for their work. Back in 1967, a bare majority of moms had paying jobs. Today, 7 out of every 10 mothers in the United States are “working” moms, meaning they earn money for work they do outside the home.
Of course, that still means 3 out of every 10 moms are at home full time with their kids. Many of these “stay-at-home” moms are home by choice. Some, however, are at home because they can’t find good work or because they’re trying to complete their education. The fact that they get no wages and no salary for the hard work they do as moms means that 1 of every 3 stay-at-home mothers actually live in poverty.
Remind me, what’s the cutoff for poverty?
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