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American moms: let's stop feeling guilty and start getting mad | Katherine Goldstein

Even Planned Parenthood is mistreating its mothers in a country where they face discrimination and farcical expectations
‘Mothers today are doing just as much hands-on parenting as stay-at-home mothers did in the 1970s.’ Photograph: monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images/iStockphoto

In December, I read a news article that had me cursing at the computer with rage. It was a New York Times investigation detailing allegations of, including not offering maternity leave, mistreating pregnant workers and discriminating against moms in hiring and promotion. So why did this get me so much more worked up than average? After all, we live in a general cascade of bad news, with no shortage of things to be outraged about. The story made me particularly angry because, in addition to being a mother myself, for the last two years I’ve been researching and reporting on working mothers. And the more I learn about motherhood in America, the angrier I get. Many thoughtful articles and are exploring new levels of – and there’s been a lot of attention on exploring our current renaissance of women’s rage. While mothers today are rightfully involved in all sorts like to be mother in 2019.

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