Best-selling author and Fox News contributor Suzanne Venker has just released a new book that deals with these questions called The Two-Income Trap. The subtitle reveals the message of the book: “Why Parents Are Choosing to Stay Home.” Mrs. Venker argues that women can have most of what they want over the course of their lives, but not if they follow the feminist script. Women need to adjust their expectations and accept the fact that when we choose to have children, we choose a life of tradeoffs. The secret is to accept that a woman’s choice to have children means curbing her professional ambitions for a few years. Women who insist on doing everything at once are proving nothing except an allegiance to a dying movement. The era of “I am woman; hear me roar” is over.
It’s time for a new view of work and family. We should value childrearing for the awesome task it is. For most people, our personal life, not our professional life, determines how happy we are.
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