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Published: Tuesday, May 28 2013 9:40 a.m. MDT

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Forest Grove, OR

No wonder the earlier leaders of the church fought vehemently against the ERA movement of their day -- just look what it has turned into. Back then roughly 35% of mothers worked outside the home, and now it is around 85%. Women now are 52% of the work force, roughly 9 million more women than men (with the gap still increasing), with men seeing a higher and unprecedented unemployment ratio. Women are taking roughly 60% of all college degrees. One has to ask, is our society getting any better with these blatant role reversals? I would say no, from my observations.

The early prophets (McKay to Benson) were right -- men being forced to act as mothers, and too many women enthusiastically acting as breadwinners is not only unbecoming, but it leads to many destructive problems that our society is poorly grappling with even at this time. The trends are continuing in the wrong direction, and we have not seen the end of this yet.

Mom Corps CEO
Atlanta, GA

Thank you for sharing Scott Benner’s story, Lois. You’re right – a growing number of dads are choosing to stay at home, or work from home, while their spouses continue climbing the corporate ladder. For too long, the discussion around work/life alignment was focused on working mothers and how they attempt juggle the two aspects of life. Benner’s decision to care for his son and then re-enter by joining a national advocacy board is inspirational to working moms and dads alike. –Allison O’Kelly, founder/CEO Mom Corps

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