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Women's Troubles

sarahbradlee Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 6:41 AM
Thank you for this column. I have so many thoughts on this issue, but will submit one: Many careers for women are opening up in areas such as Early Childhood Learning, Social Work, Bereavement Counseling, Juvenile Probation, WIC, etc. Think about it - the failure of women to take on the 18 year career of raising a child has in part given us an ever increasing population of juveniles who are promiscuous, criminal, addicted, suicidal, depressed, etc. So, women are apparently eager to have a paid career caring for the forgotten children of the other career women. I counsel your suicidal daughter and you care for my drug addicted son.An economic boon for women - the only losers are our daughters. (And sons and society)
Denise67 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 6:59 AM
Children don't necessarily benefit from the mom being home full-time. I know someone who had a schizophrenic mom. She was very mean and nasty to him. But she HAD to be a housewife as it is unlikely an employer would have hired someone who muttered to phantoms throughout the day. My own mom resisted my Dad's nagging to try for paid work because she said, "I'm slow." She had held jobs before marriage but feared she wouldn't be able to because things had changed too much. A friend's mom was often depressed so couldn't hold down paid work. Being home full-time isn't necessarily a choice but can be a necessity.
Fred_PA_2000 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 11:09 PM
You really have to wonder if a man would have been allowed the same excuses.
Fred_PA_2000 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 11:09 PM
You really have to wonder if a man would have been allowed the same excuses.
Denise67 Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 2:09 AM
He would not be. That is an advantage of being female. It can be difficult for "high-competency" females because people are suspicious of women who are seen as overly ambitious. But it is better for the more challenged females who ARE allowed such excuses and have more ways out from the rigors of the labor market.

If there's one sure way to capture the attention of the usual suspects in the press, it's to highlight the problems of women with high-powered careers, as billionaire Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has done.

In her Ted talk three years ago and now in a book that has received lavish attention, Sandberg laments that women "are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world. The numbers tell the story ... 190 heads of state -- nine are women. Of all the people in parliaments in the world, 13 percent are women. In the corporate...