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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Most women prefer family life to a job


In response to Belinda Brown: Female liberation damages men and women, Dr John Barry wrote:

Great article. Rosie Boycott, founder of Spare Rib magazine, said a few years ago that second wave feminism made the mistake of underestimating the negative impact that ‘liberation’ of women into the workplace would have on children. The most reliable evidence is that putting a child into day care can have a lasting negative effect on their cognitive and behavioural development (see the paper by Vandell et al 2010 on their longitudinal study of 13,000 children). Another recent longitudinal study found that the longer a child is breastfed for the better their IQ and educational achievement (Victora et al, 2015).

Catherine Hakim (2000) shows that only about 20 per cent of women would prefer a job to family life, so really the women’s movement has never really represented the wishes of the majority of women. I personally think it should be about choice, but the way things have changed very few women can afford to choose to be a full time mum any more, and those that do often are unfairly looked down on for not having a career. Crazy.

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