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Letter: Are stay-at-home moms being exploited?

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Statistics printed in your paper show that the percentage of women who are stay-at-home moms is rising. It is apparent that the people who analyze and publish these statistics are convinced that there are external factors that force women to stay at home. These people, many of them college educated women, cannot accept that there are women who choose to stay at home as housewives and mothers because they take great satisfaction in caring for their families.

The economic reality is that many women are on cold, dark winter mornings carting their children off to day care and standing behind a counter for eight hours not because they want to but because they have to.

Women who want to and are able to be stay-at-home moms because of the economic security provided by their husbands are seen by the social engineers in government and our community as being exploited.

If you are a husband and your spouse chooses to be a stay-at-home wife and mother, it is important to know that should your wife divorce you, family law in Minnesota will hold you financially and morally responsible for her personal decision to stay at home.

Jeff Claypool

Bemidji

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