If I want to stay home and take care of my daughter instead of leaving her with someone else for over 40 hours a week, I have to take a total loss on my income and almost become a financial burden to the family unit. It's a truly backwards society where mothers aren't urged to stay in the home for more than a measly 6 weeks post partum. I'm all for women's rights. I think it's excellent that I'm allowed to do what I do in a male dominated field and make as much money as my husband. But in this case, it's as though the knife cuts one way. We've fought so hard to get OUT of the home that now there's no compensation or demand for women's rights IN the home.
There are Moms that stay home with kids and treat them like shit and let them run around in the streets and smoke crack and kill cats all day long. Those mother's shouldn't be compensated. Those mother's should be arrested. But the Moms who want to make a happy, nurturing, close-knit family unit by staying home with their children shouldn't be choosing between raising their children full-time and not putting food on the table. It's insane.
Since when is ensuring a happy, healthy, secure upbringing for our children not monetarily comparable to say, working at McDonald's? Which is really making the world go round? Educated, well rounded kids or cheeseburgers? Why can I get minimum wage to flip burgers but not to be at home with my baby?