Beginning in the 1960s the women’s movement, in the quest for equal treatment, also convinced many women that just being a housewife and mother was unfulfilling when compared with a career; downright demeaning if you listen to some liberators.
As a result, the number of working married women began to increase. This in turn meant more income for households. Since it is well established that new found income is mostly used to raise ones living standard rather than saved, we were off and running.
Bigger houses, bigger cars and two of them were needed. Eventually cars weren’t just cars they were SUVs and pick-up trucks. More stuff! Demand helped to create rising prices and, of course, more difficulty keeping up with the Joneses.
All this in a period during which family size declined while house size nearly doubled. Go figure.
Families were trapped. Obtaining all that society now said was desirable made it a necessity that both parents in a family work. For most families child care is now a must. In some families where dual income is not a basic issue, career may be a priority.
Interestingly, while all this was going on, the number of single parent households and the age at which a first child was born increased. Both put more financial pressure on families. For many families there will be a collision between retirement and college expenses.
It’s totally absurd to me that working parents are paying 1/3 of their income in child care costs. We will address the crisis in child care by fighting to make sure that no working family pays more than 7% of their income on this basic need.Sen Bernie Sanders
Now it’s a crisis. We have created a family environment where we need an organization, government, society to raise our children during the day. Mom and Dad are at work … to make ends meet or to acquire and keep lots of stuff.
All of our actions and behavior over the last several decades have had consequences and now we are told they are political crises.