Friday, May 09, 2008

I actually did this as a sophmore econ paper for Ec 10

But I think I threw it away and can't remember my conclusions. I essentially looked up hourly rates of pay for comperable forms of work to stay at home mothering and then added it up over the course of the year. I limited myself to fairly low skilled comparisons like house cleaner, laundry worker, cook, personal shopper, child care worker. The amount was still astronomical. Here they do it again and come to some startling conclusions.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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

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.

And even so those lousy *&^% Republicans wouldn't vote to give us one day of thanks?

Republicans Vote Against Moms; No Word Yet on Puppies, Kittens

h/t lots of other people on these here internets.