Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Paying mom?

How much should a mom be paid for being a mom? 

$48,509. That’s what a housewife’s base salary should be for a 40-hour week according to

Adding in 52 hours of overtime, and her annual paycheck jumps to $143,000. And that doesn’t include the intangibles.

It’s a good thing men don’t set women’s salaries as housewives. From researchers, just 28 percent of men think moms should earn $75,000 a year, while almost as many men say the mom job isn’t even worth $25,000 a year.

But would your partner pay up with half of their paycheck?

There are many groups that advocate for women’s equal pay, but none for motherly wages. In the seventies, “wages for housework” founder Selma James pushed for money for the unwaged work in the home but the movement never got any traction. Around the world, women spend at least 4.5 hours on unpaid work per day. That’s more than double compared to men.

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