a new stay-at-home-mom freaked out by how financially
dependent this choice has made me on the goodwill
of my husband (a decent and fair man), and after
reading Ann Crittenden's book The Price of
Motherhood, I'm inspired to do grass roots
lobbying/activist work on the issue of social
security benefits for stay-at-home-moms and other
unpaid caregivers. Do you know of any organizations
currently working on this issue? And any suggestions
for where to go for info on this topic and how
to begin a grassroots movement?
too, freaked out after I read Ann Crittenden's
book. I knew most of the stats, but they were
so depressing. There's another book: Not Your
Mother's Life, by Joan Peters, which gives
a more positive spin on the same topic.
best place to start researching and getting involved
around social security is the Center for Women's Policy Alternatives, and specifically Heide Hartmann.
They have done tons of research on this topic
and work. There is also the 2030 Center, which
works on this issue with a slant toward young
people. The Feb/March issue of Ms. Magazine did
a story on this very topic and listed the following
hope that helps. Good luck getting active - perhaps
you could run a discussion group in your town
for other new moms.