Article in Response to Controversy
Because it does not conform to the standard conception of a profession, motherhood might seem to have no place in this issue. A woman requires no special expertise, no knowledge, skill or educational degree to become a mother. Furthermore, the work she does as a mother is unpaid, sometimes even unrecognized as work. These two features of motherhood – its accessibility to any fertile girl or woman, and the fact that society provides no financial compensation to mothers for their hard work--are often lamented, though towards very different political ends. In fact, motherhood might be considered the very opposite of a profession: a status dependent upon biological, cultural and social factors, not educational ones, and involving labor done without pay or recognized steps to advancement.
Shuffelton, Amy B.
"High Stakes Motherhood and School Choice,"
Journal of Educational Controversy: Vol. 5:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://cedar.wwu.edu/jec/vol5/iss2/7
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Motherhood--United States; Stay-at-home mothers--United States; Women in the professions; Mothers--United States; School choice--United States