Anita Garey

Anita Ilta Garey is an assistant professor of family studies and sociology at the University of Connecticut and was a 1999 research fellow at the Center for Working Families at the University of California-Berkeley. Her book Weaving Work and Motherhood received the 2000 William J. Goode Book Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association.

Recent Articles

Taxing Motherhood

The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued, by Ann Crittenden. Metropolitan Books, 323 pages, $25.00. The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values , by Nancy Folbre. The New Press, 267 pages, $24.95. In The Price of Motherhood, economics journalist Ann Crittenden draws on interviews, social science research, and her own experience to make the case that mothers in the United States are hit with a steep "mommy tax." First, there are opportunity costs: what a mother would have earned if she had stayed in the labor force, worked longer hours, or pretended to be "family-free." There is also what Columbia University Professor Jane Waldfogel calls the "family wage gap." On average, employed women who are mothers earn less than employed women who do not have children. While no one factor explains this discrepancy, breaks in employment owing to maternity leaves, the lower wages paid to part-time employees for equivalent work, differential...