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Issues of Economics Fairness Shape Debate on Working Mothers

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by jerilyn watson
2006-5-21

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voice one:

welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm steve ember.

voice two:

and i'm barbara klein. can a mother work outside the home and still take good care of her children? this question has long been the subject of debate in american society.

voice one:

and this week on our program, we examine the latest developments.

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voice two:

on a television talk show, two women look at one another with hostile eyes. one says she knows the right way to be a mother. no, the other says she knows the right way to be a mother.

the first one says a good mother stays home to take care of her children. the other woman says a good mother helps her family by earning money. she says a full-time working mother makes her time with her children more meaningful because there is less of it.

"impossible!" the first one shouts. voices rise. and so goes a unusually heated example of what some people call the mommy wars. even that name incites reaction. some find it insulting for such a serious subject.

the debate is emotional and deeply personal. the arguments involve issues of equality, fairness and economic realities. they also involve struggles with guilt and inner conflict as parents try to decide what is best for their children.

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