An Australian study has set the traditional-role-division cat among the
gender equality pigeons: the tide of opinion seems to have swung against
the feminist ideal of an equal division of domestic and market work
between husbands and wives.
Here is something else from Canada: commentary by Andrea Mrozek of the
Institute of Marriage and Family on recent childcare research which
purports to show no negative overall effects of mothers working outside
the home during the first year of life.
A brand new survey of what women really want concerning paid maternity
leave is most revealing. Contrary to the usual line that basically all
women want a paid career, with perhaps family thrown in on the side,
this new Australian poll finds overwhelming support for the importance
of stay-at-home mothering.
With fewer babies around these days, scientists and assorted experts
are paying them more attention than ever before. One theory with a
growing number of disciples is based on the idea that one should treat
babies like little adults, consulting them before changing a nappy or
taking them on outings.