What We Are Reading Today: Making Motherhood Work by Caitlyn Collins

Updated 12 January 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Making Motherhood Work by Caitlyn Collins

  • Caitlyn Collins explores how women navigate work and family given the different policy supports available in each country

Women struggle to balance breadwinning with the bulk of parenting, and stress is constant. Social policies do not help. Of all Western industrialized countries, the US ranks dead last for supportive work-family policies: No federal paid parental leave. The highest gender wage gap. No minimum standard for vacation and sick days. The highest maternal and child poverty rates. 

Can American women look to European policies for solutions? Making Motherhood Work draws on interviews that sociologist Caitlyn Collins conducted over five years with 135 middle-class working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the US. She explores how women navigate work and family given the different policy supports available in each country, says a review on the Princeton University Press website. 

Mothers in western Germany and Italy, where maternalist values are strong, are stigmatized for pursuing careers. Meanwhile, American working mothers stand apart for their guilt and worry. Policies alone, Collins discovers, cannot solve women’s struggles.

Easing them will require a deeper understanding of cultural beliefs about gender equality, employment, and motherhood. With women held to unrealistic standards in all four countries, the best solutions demand that we redefine motherhood, work, and family.

 


What We Are Using Today: The Face Shop

Updated 5 min 6 sec ago
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What We Are Using Today: The Face Shop

The Face Shop originated in South Korea, a country known as a pioneer of effective skin care. It offers a wide range of authentic skin care products and cosmetics made from natural Korean ingredients. One range, for example, contains clay from the Jeju mountains.

Whether you have dry, normal or oily skin, you will be able to find a care option that can give it exactly what it needs to look and feel its best.

The reasonably priced cosmetics are also very gentle on your skin. Perhaps the shop’s most popular products are its face masks. 

These are like nourishment for your skin, and you can start to see a difference in your complexion after just a half an hour of using one. They come in a wide variety of options, which makes it more fun because you can stock up and spend many relaxing hours seeing which ones are best for you.