Why Women Have to Work

Why are today's mothers working so hard, putting in long hours at home and at the office? For the money.

Oh, sure, those ladies who took their grandmothers' advice and married a doctor, a lawyer or an Enron executive may show up for work to "fulfill themselves" or to "expand their horizons." But for most women who, like me, came of age in the '90s, it comes down to dollars and cents, and the calculation is brutal.

In one column sits that big-eyed slobbery youngster, and a mother's heart beating to be there so she can give him everything....

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