Progress! What was once a necessity for everyone is now just a treat for the well-to-do. According to a poll sponsored in part by ForbesWoman, 84% of working women hope one day to attain the luxury of raising their own children. In the article reporting on it, this phenomenon, known throughout history as "motherhood," has been dubbed "The New American Dream."
Wait a minute, though, before you break out that vintage housecoat you have been hoping would come back in style. This is not your mother's motherhood. This is the New American Dream. And one of these New American Dreamers clarifies what the scenario does and does not include:
“Sure, if my husband made so much money that I could spend time with the kids, still afford great vacations and maybe the occasional baby sitter to take a class or go out with friends, I’d be the first to sign up,” she said. “So maybe while it’s a luxury I do think about, it’s not one I would want unless it was actually luxurious. I don’t want to be a stay at home mom who clips coupons or plans her weekly menu to make ends meet… If that’s the case, I’d gladly go on working to avoid that fate.”
Taking classes, going on vacations, hanging out with friends. If you are an undergrad, you are the New American Dream Mother. Put it on your resume.