No, Arquette was specifically addressing “every woman who gave birth.” She was giving voice to the feminists’ new issue: the “motherhood pay gap” which results when pregnant women take time off and choose to return to reduced hours after giving birth. According to Obama, “that’s not a choice we want Americans to make.” In order to “ensure that women are full and equal participants in the economy,” he said, the taxpayers must pay the cost of caring for newborns and toddlers.
The mommy pay gap is even greater for married women (they earn 24 percent less than men). One reason a woman gets married is to be supported by her husband while caring for her children at home. So long as her husband earns a good income, she doesn’t care about the pay gap. A Pew Research Center survey reports that 60 percent of Americans say children are better off when one parent stays home to care for the kids. Candidates running for national office should be asked the question, “Do you believe mothers should have the choice to leave the workforce for several years to care for their own children?” The plain fact is that when women look for a husband, they look for a man who gets a bigger salary than they do.
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