SAVE THE DATE: Film Screening January 23
Does Motherhood Have to be This Punishing?
No, say Moms in new film, The Motherhood Manifesto
The film’s opening is a grabber: A young woman confides to her girlfriend that she and her partner are thinking about starting a family. Her friend looks as shocked as if the nightmarish Jason of Elm Street had just shown up in his hockey-mask, dripping blood. “What! Are you crazy?” she exclaims.
Childbirth drips in blood, come to think of it, but the shock-inducing scenes about mom in this film are more about her paycheck. The Motherhood Manifesto gives closer scrutiny of hopeful figures we’ve all heard about: American women are closing the gap between mens’ wages and their own. On average, women are now paid 80 cents to his dollar. But single women are paid 90 cents, while women with children are paid only 73 cents, and single moms getting 60.
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