07 May 2007

Can You Assign a Monetary Value to Motherhood?


Mother's Day is approaching, which means someone, somewhere will try to assign a salary to motherhood to demonstrate the value of this job. Every time I hear this news, at first I applaud the effort, then I wonder, what's the point? Isn't motherhood, or fatherhood, beyond monetary value? Isn't it priceless?

Salary.com surveyed mothers, and according to CNN, came up with these results: "The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, the company concluded, and works at least 10 jobs. In order of hours spent on them per week, these are: housekeeper, day-care center teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive officer and psychologist. By figuring out the median salaries for each position, and calculating the average number of hours worked at each, the firm came up with $138,095 -- three percent higher than last year's results." Woohoo, Mom got a three percent raise! What about experience, education, etc.? Don't these factors earn higher salaries in the work place? How does this figure for moms? You can view CNN's slide show on the evolution of motherhood here. Thank you Steve for sending me this information.

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