What women REALLY want: Forget the working Superwoman ideal, mothers value spending time at home with their children most of all

The Daily Mail (now, now, don’t shoot the messenger) suggests that, according to a new report, “Women do not want highpowered careers and find more fulfilment in motherhood than work” .

Of course, high-powered careers are available to only a few of us, men or women.

Click here for the full story. Click here for the BBC’s take on it.

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2 Responses to “What women REALLY want: Forget the working Superwoman ideal, mothers value spending time at home with their children most of all”

  1. Marie Lewis Says:

    It’s about time this issue about work versus family was discussed openly and in a constructive manner. It’s not about a ‘blame’ culture but rather about what kind of society we want for our children. If parents had a more meaningful and effective ‘voice’ in the system then I doubt govt policy would have headed off in such an anti-family direction in the first place.
    Harriet Harman keeps on saying that they provide ‘choice’ for women (rather than dictating what they should do) – but in reality we all know that Labour has for too long prioritised the choice to work/use childcare, rather than recognising the value of unpaid caring/family/community, looking after the young and the old at home.
    At least the Tories have recognised that mothers often want to ‘be there’ for their children and that children need a stable loving home. However I don’t necessarily agree that Cameron will be successful selling transferable tax allowances based on the word ‘marriage’ these days; unfortunately the word ‘marriage’, wonderful institution though it is for raising children within a couple relationship, in 2009 it just gives the wrong impression and turns voters off. It would be better, I feel, to sell family friendly taxation on the basis of ‘tax breaks for couples with one parent busy raising children’ or ‘tax breaks that recognise the extra household responsibilities of the parent-carer raising children’. Income splitting would be far better anyway, as they have in other countries.

    I look forward to reading Cristina Odone’s full report.

  2. Alan Bright Says:

    Choice is achieved most simply through Child Benefit: it goes to all parents and they can choose to spend it how they wish, either out-sourcing their childcare or financing a parent to stay at home, or a combination.

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