The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation

The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation Review

"A stinging account of how public policy and private businesses have failed to adapt to working mothers."
--Jennifer Ludden, NPR
Why life is harder on American families than it's been in decades—the book that takes the blame away from moms and puts it where it really belongs



Pressed for time and money, unable to find decent affordable daycare, wracked with guilt at falling short of the mythic supermom ideal-working and non-working American mothers alike have it harder today than they have in decades, and they are worse off than many of their peers around the world. Why? Because they're raising their kids in a family-unfriendly nation that virtually sets them up to fail. The War on Moms exposes the stress put on families by an outdated system still built around the idea that women can afford not to work. It tells the truth that overworked, stressed-out American moms need to hear—that they're not alone, and they're not to blame.


Exposes a lack of reasonable and flexible work opportunities as the real cause of the supposed rift between employed and stay-at-home mothers
Explodes the myths about supermoms, slacker dads, opt-out moms, bootstrap moms, daycare options, and make-money-from-home scams
Uncovers the widespread, brutal reality of having no paid maternity leave
Offers portraits of real women—across social classes and across the country—who are struggling with issues that will strike a familiar chord with most Americans
Explains why American women have it hard and why it's not going to get any easier until the country dramatically changes course

The War on Moms turns the "mommy wars" debate on its head by arguing that a mother's real "enemy" is not other women, but a nationwide indifference to the cultural and economic realities facing parents and families in the United States today.

Title:The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation
Edition Language:English

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  • Lauren

    The War on Moms claims to be different from other looks at women in the workplace - specifically mothers - because it focuses on the working class rather than the "elites." The book takes a classist v...

  • Kyla

    I flipped through this, not because it wasn't good - but because the facts are so goddamned depressing and hopeless that I couldn't bear to revisit them. I just upped this review up a star in response...

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  • Chris

    I abandoned this book.I picked it up because it looked interesting, and because it addresses key issues that I find to be increasingly important in my everyday life. The truth is: we live in a culture...

  • Vickie

    This book does a great job of demonstrating the problems facing working as well as stay at home mothers in the middle and lower classes. I liked how this book showed that stay at home moms do not alwa...

  • Brent

    This is a fantastic book! Lerner talks about how the U.S. lacks a coherent policy to help mothers (and parents in general) from having the money, security, and healthcare they need for themselves and ...

  • Jenne

    This book describes in a way that I think even the most conservative mother would see the need for more societal and political support for public policies that encourages families to provide for their...

  • Tracy

    I won this book for Free on Goodreads First-reads! I loaned it to a friend who said the book was very insightful; "It was like reading a book about my own life." I can't wait to read it for myself. It...

  • Christine Johnson-Duell

    Lerner writes eloquently and powerfully about the lack of 1) paid maternity leave, 2) flexible work options, and 3) quality affordable childare in the US and the cumulative effect of this trifecta on ...

  • Jen Matthews

    Wow! Everyone should read this. She definitely focuses on public policy being the solution but she does touch on a lot of 'touchy' subjects and does not seem judgmental of any choice a parent decides ...