Another blast in the mummy wars

Oct 25 2006 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Another salvo in the "mummy wars" has been fired courtesy of new research by Vitabiotics Wellwoman which found that almost a quarter of women in Britain believe that women who work while raising a family "made worse mothers" and should not need to support their family financially like a man.

The study of 2,134 women found that while one in five are disparaging of working mothers, nearly half believe that it is as much their job to support their families financially as it is their husband's.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Dr Catherine Hakim, a sociologist at the London School of Economics, said the sharpest gender conflicts were not between women and men but between different groups of women over the place of work and children in their lives.

She says children are a 20-year project and a career is a 20- to 40-year project, and "there is an incompatibility there".

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