Motherhood: a labour of love, a career of choice
The non-economic contribution of motherhood should be valued as highly as paid work. When given the right support and encouragement, for example to breastfeed and take extended maternity leave, mothers can feel honoured in investing in the job of mothering, in creating tomorrow’s citizens and impacting positively on the economy. Their children become citizens with good mental and physical health, and empathy, which add to the balance sheet of both life and economics.
Please see my article Women’s work invisible on the balance sheet of global economics.
Motherhood however is choice not destiny, despite the huge cultural and social pressure to have children.
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