Would you like a mommy salary?
There is no such thing as new news. It seems that at least once a year there is a story discussing the monetary value of the work performed by stay at home mothers. The most recent story was on CNN last week. Wendy Luhabe, a prominent social entrepreneur, explains:
A mommy salary, as a way of giving value to the work of bringing up children, so that it's not a resentful choice that women have to make...I just think that we need to create an environment that allows women to make the choices that they want to make
Luhabe is right. Women should be free and empowered to make the choices they want to make but is paying mothers a salary the right way to rectify gender inequality? Wouldn't becoming the formal employee of one's husband lead to more strife? What about women who are married to those jerks that have the nerve to ask "What do you do all day"? (Not me thankfully. I'd slap him. I love you pumpkin but I'd slap you). Once these men have to officially turn over a portion of their salaries will they start leaving checklists in the morning? Will there be performance reviews? Threats of docked pay?