For instance, according to MomsRising, "Non-mothers earn 10 percent less than their male counterparts; but mothers earn 27 percent less; and single mothers earn between 44 percent and 34 percent less."
I can understand how this happens. Even though everyone has a mother -- and every human at one point in their childhood was sick and needed their mom's care -- we moms still feel guilty for missed work to care for our children.
MomsRising.org also addressed the "Mommy Wars" issue, which basically states that the media pits moms against each other to distract from oppressive issues. I see this all the time: stay-at-home vs. working moms; vaccinating moms vs. non-vaccinating moms; breastfeeding moms vs. non-breastfeeding moms; etc. Instead of rallying together, we are concentrating on these minor differences, not only because the media encourages us to, but because we so deeply question our ability to parent successfully that the only way we can feel okay about our method is to criticize someone else's.
Meanwhile, the pay scale tips further away from us.Here's more of what MomsRising has to say about this issue:
"It's time to move beyond the false rhetoric of the Mommy Wars and to report on real issues ... simplistic "us vs. them" rhetoric does not reflect our experiences, nor does it reflect the pressing needs that we mothers in America do have. The Mommy Wars promote ill will where we should be fostering connections. The truth is there are no sides.
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