Joe Biden infuriated feminists this week when, in an appearance on The View, he touted the Affordable Care Act as a way for women to forego a career and stay home with their children.
Asked Biden, “How many of you are single women with children with a dead-end job . . . there because of your health insurance? . . . You would rather have the opportunity to spend the next couple years with your children, [but] you’re trapped in that job.”
Female bloggers and commentators quickly reacted, calling Biden’s assumption that women would rather be home “ridiculous.” Women, they claimed, may work for any number of reasons—to provide for their children or for a sense of success or fulfillment, among them.
But wrong as Biden may be on so many things, he seems to have gotten this one right.
The New Research – Homemakers are happier
When she wrote The Feminine Mystique in 1963, Betty Friedan claimed that the life of a full-time mother and homemaker confined women to a miserable existence. While media and academic elites continue to drink the Kool-Aid, an international team of sociologists finds that, all things being equal, married homemakers around the world are indeed not only happy but also significantly happier than their peers who work full time outside the home.
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