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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Working mothers? Or not

NEWTON

Anya Bernstein of Newton was one of several people whose Letters to the Editor today responded to an article about philosopher-author Linda R. Hirshman in last week's Living/Arts section.

Hirshman is a supporter of working mothers and believes housekeeping and child rearing are not worthy of the full-time ``talents of intelligent and educated human beings," the Globe reported.

Here's Bernstein's letter:

AS A MOTHER of two who has always worked, I agree in principle with Linda Hirshman's argument that work offers great personal satisfaction and economic power. But my ability to work is facilitated by two things: My husband and I both enjoy relatively flexible work schedules and our children are typical, healthy kids (knock wood).

If members of the women's movement want women to ``get to work," we need to create more flexible workplaces and do more to support parents, particularly those whose children's physical and emotional development require an extraordinary effort.

ANYA BERNSTEIN
Newton

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