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WHAT’S A MOTHER WORTH?
Sylvia Porter, a noted financial analyst, states that 25 million full-time homemakers contribute billions to the economy each year, although their labor is not counted in the gross national product. Porter says only the wealthiest families could pay for the services a mother provides for love. Porter calculated how much the mother at home added to her family’s economic well-being by assigning an hourly fee for nursemaid, housekeeper, cook, dishwasher, laundress, food buyer, chauffeur, gardener, maintenance person, seamstress, dietician and practical nurse. She found that the labor performed by a mother at home would cost a family $23,580 in Greensboro, S.C., $26,962 in Los Angeles and $28,735 in Chicago! In a sense, even this analysis…

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