First, read this article from the New York Times called “How To Fix Feminism” by Judith Shulevitz (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Incidentally, the article’s title and subtitle (“Hillary Clinton’s generation aimed to free women from domestic prisons. But work is a prison, too.”) seem somewhat misleading to me. The crux of article is about how our laws and economic situation are not all that helpful for parents.
Use what you learned from the article, as well as any other knowledge and experience that you have, to answer the following two questions:
(1) What sorts of legal and economic obstacles are there to raising our children the way we would ideally like to raise them? List as many legal and economic obstacles as you can. Be specific. Also make sure to say why the obstacle is one; in other words, what is the thing that a parent would ideally like to do but can’t (or it’s much harder), given this legal or economic obstacle? Label each one you come up with (a), (b), (c), (d), etc.
(2) Now be creative and use your imagination to do some problem solving: For each of the obstacles you listed above, how would you fix it? Again, list (a), (b), (c), (d) etc., corresponding to the obstacles you listed above, but now list economic or legal fixes for each. What laws could we pass (or what other systemic changes we could make) that would make it easier to be the kinds of parents that we want to be? How could we make things better for parents?