Melissa Murray Worries that Stimulus Ignores Plight of Working Women

San Francisco Chronicle, May 19, 2009 by Melissa Murray and Darren Rosenblum

The bailout and stimulus measures warrant additional scrutiny—from the perspective of gender equality. It is important to correct our economic course. But it is also important that we not repeat past mistakes by ignoring women’s economic status. We must recognize that the traditional model of male breadwinner and female homemaker has given way to a new division of labor in which women may support themselves or, if coupled, participate equally in bearing the family’s economic load.