Blog author: jballor
by on Monday, March 6, 2006

In her Townhall.com column this week, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Acton senior fellow in economics, takes Linda Hirshman, a retired professor at Brandeis University, to task.

Hirshman has been making the news circuit touting her claims about negative trends among working women. She says that educated women who become stay at home moms will create the future result that “expensively educated, upper-class moms will be leading lesser lives.”

According to an ABC News article, Hirshman views this as “a tragedy not only for the mothers, but ultimately their children and women as a whole.”

Morse’s piece is a pretty direct point by point rebuttal of Hirshman’s claims, and it is worth reading in its entirety. She writes, “I learned from experience that the kinds of claims Hirshman makes are simply untrue.” Read the rest here: “A duel in the mommy wars.”


  • http://www.motherpie.com H.A.Page

    Thanks for giving the links — I’ve included it my article on the subject posting tommorrow 3/7.

    One of the points that Hirshman did make is the divorce rate of 41% and there is the fact that most divorces are instigated by women… I think fear of the future without anything to fall back on was part of Hirshman’s argument.

    H.A. at MotherPie.com