One in three working mothers want to quit to look after their children

Four out of seven unemployed people are men, and we know unemployment is a bigger driver of suicide among men than women. Yet legislation and government initiatives are all aimed at driving women into employment – often into male-typical lines of work, bizarrely – and into working longer hours. Year after year evidence is forthcoming to show not only that many working women would prefer to be stay-at-home mothers, but that most of the others would prefer to work fewer hours, not more.

An excellent article by Steve Doughty in today’s Daily Mail:

A few excerpts:

More than a third of working mothers would like  to give up their jobs completely and stay at home with their children, a major  Government survey has found.

The Childcare and Early Years Survey, based on  interviews with nearly 6,400 parents between November 2012 and last June, showed  that 64 per cent of mothers of children under 15 now work, up from 60 per cent  the previous year.

The research for the Department for Education  found that, far from being anxious to get out of their homes and into  employment, the great majority of mothers are only reluctant workers.

Nearly six out of ten of all working mothers  would cut down their hours to spend more time with their families if they could  afford to, it said.

More than two-thirds of those in senior and  middle management roles would spend fewer hours in the office and devote more  time to their children if they had enough money, it said.

The findings undermine the assumption long  dominant in Whitehall that most mothers want to find jobs and that state policy  should encourage them to do so.

What would help more women do what they want to do with respect to work and home life, which would also benefit their children? Transferable personal tax allowances for couples, for one thing, which we’re considering for our 2015 general election manifesto.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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