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May 03, 2006

Stupid: Moms Are Owed $130,000+ Salary Per Year, Presumably From the Department of Motherhood

It's always fun when feminists or women's advocates generally do the "this sort of work is just like that sort of work" dealio:

A full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work, an amount similar to a top U.S. ad executive, a marketing director or a judge, according to a study released Wednesday.

A mother who works outside the home would earn an extra $85,876 annually on top of her actual wages for the work she does at home, according to the study by Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts Salary.com.

To reach the projected pay figures, the survey calculated the earning power of the 10 jobs respondents said most closely comprise a mother's role -- housekeeper, day-care teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive and psychologist.

"You can't put a dollar value on it. It's worth a lot more," said Kristen Krauss, 35, as she hurriedly packed her four children, all aged under 8, into a minivan in New York while searching frantically for her keys. "Just look at me."

No offense, but almost all of those "jobs" are what we call menial work, and we don't usually pay someone huge money to do laundry.

A psychologist? Right. In other words, someone who talks to people and tries to give advice. Like, you know, every other person.

Hey, I act as my own cook, laundry operator, van driver, chief executive and psychologist all the time. Where's my check? I figure I'm worth at least $150,000 per year, from my new employer, the Department of Paying People To Take Care of Themselves.


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