Women, Work, and Babies

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The air resounds with blasts coming from every direction. Bullets zing through the air, piercing through armor and cutting to the heart of their target. As artillery smoke clears, it is obvious that no soldier is left unscathed; wounds caked in mud are the uniform of everyone hobbling away. Few fight as fiercely as a mother defending her children and her choices for her family. The battle will resume, however, as soon as a media-fueled alarm is sounded and a talking head commands the charge. Childcare provider and news commentator Judy Lyden speaks of this on-going war as such: “Every few years, women throw emotional rocks at one another over the issue of staying at home to rear a child or going out to work leaving a child in childcare”…show more content…
In 1989 The Harvard Business Review published an article entitled “Management Women and the New Facts of Life.” This piece has been pointed to as the first shot fired in the mommy wars by many authors and commentators such as Barbra Hannah Grufferman, President of Best of Everything Media Inc. In her article, “Women, Work, and Babies: Will the ‘Mommy Wars’ Never End,” Grufferman contends the Harvard report to have been, “an invisible but contentious line that was drawn between women with families who worked and those who chose to stay home” (1). Yet one article could not keep the flame of debate burning nearly twenty-five years later. That fire has been steadily fanned and stoked by the media in its various forms.
In an article for Ms. Magazine, “The Mommy Wars: How the Media Turned Motherhood into a Catfight,” Susan Douglas (Author and University of Michigan Professor) and Meredith Michaels (Author and Professor of Philosophy at Smith College) shed light on the hypocrisy of the media’s portrayal of mothers depending upon social class. While on one periodical cover we may see a celebrity smiling perfectly as the headlines quote her saying how complete her life is now that she’s had her third child with her second husband, you may see another cover with a woman being decried as the epitome of what’s wrong with this country as she is living in subsidized housing raising her third child from a second father. We are told almost daily how the first
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