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  1. Introduction
  2. Pressure of having to balance paid labor
  3. Options to encourage marriage
  4. Deinstitutionalization of marriage
  5. Practical use of marriage
  6. Conclusion

In ?The Mommy Tax,? Ann Crittenden discussed the fact that, unlike countries like France, America has no real infrastructure to protect women workers. While some countries view producing good children as a contribution to the nation, America doesn't measure things that way: France provides subsidized childcare and monetary benefits to its new mothers, while America does not. Although American women do receive some maternity leave, there is no guarantee that they'll retain their job seniority when they get back.

All of that is assuming that the woman can get a job in the first place. Currently, there are no laws in America preventing companies from discriminating against women who are or might become parents because they don't fit the ?ideal worker norm??they have commitments to their families, not just their jobs.

[...] American marriage and family: The final In Mommy Ann Crittenden discussed the fact that, unlike countries like France, America has no real infrastructure to protect women workers. While some countries view producing good children as a contribution to the nation, America doesn't measure things that way: France provides subsidized childcare and monetary benefits to its new mothers, while America does not. Although American women do receive some maternity leave, there is no guarantee that they'll retain their job seniority when they get back. [...]


[...] Edin interviewed many low-income women and found that they're not marrying out of respect for the institution: they don't want to marry before they can do it right. They don't marry because they don't have the right men available, not because they don't consider it important. Gay people, too, are reinstitutionalizing marriage in a way: by not settling for separate but equal forms of marriage, they reinforce just how symbolically significant it is. A marriage and a wedding is still the number-one way to affirm your commitment to another person and a responsible lifestyle, no matter what genders are involved in the union. People who cohabit to [...]

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