Mothers Day is almost upon us and so, of course, are silly Mothers Day "news" articles like this one.
If you’re a mom, it’s time to ask for a raise on the homefront. According to a just-released study by Salary.com, working mothers put in enough additional hours on the homefront to earn an additional $85,939 per year. Meanwhile stay-at-home moms put in enough hours running house and home to pick up an average annual paycheck of $138,095.
For its “2007 Mom Salary Survey,” Salary.com surveyed 40,000 American mothers on the amount of time they spend each week doing 10 homefront job functions. The equivalent pay calculations were based on such job titles as housekeeper, day care teacher, cook, facilities manager, psychologist and CEO.
It's interesting that Salary.com (no, I won't link it -- you'll just have to figure it out for yourself), which purports to have some tenuous relevance to the world of business, uses the same spurious methods to price a mother's "wages" as Democrats often propose to determine how much women should be paid. You know, comparing typically "female" jobs such as secretary to traditionally "male" occupations like truck driver.
But just as women can become truck drivers (the country's crying for more truck drivers), moms can work toward becoming CEO's -- it isn't the seventies any more. I mean, the whole thing's a crock. Who would pay them the $138,095 anyway? The government? If that were the case, dads would just quit their jobs in droves and become moms -- which, of course, would then allow moms to become CEO's much more easily.
The taxes required to support those well-paid stay-at-home dads would kill them, though.