The Nation: Mom on the Payroll?

The Department of Health, Education and Welfare has prepared a report that may please feminists but is hardly calculated to make the President happy. Titled "Work in America," the study delves into one of the problems Nixon faces in unraveling the snarled skein of welfare: Since Nixon favors some sort of "workfare" program for the able-bodied on the dole, at what point should welfare mothers be required to seek outside employment?

Anthropologist Elliot Liebow, a National Institute of Mental Health administrator and one of the report's authors, attacks the problem with a sharp semantic foil. Since raising children and maintaining a...

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