Recognition of women's work in the home

While speaking about employment in reference to the family, it is appropriate to emphasize how important and burdensome is the work women do within the family unit: that work should be acknowledged and deeply appreciated. The toil of a woman who, having given birth to a child, nourishes and cares for that child and devotes herself to its upbringing, particularly in the early years, is so great as to be comparable to any professional work. This ought to be clearly stated and upheld, no less than any other labor right. Motherhood, because of all the hard work it entails, should be recognized as given the right to financial benefits at least equal to those of other kinds of work undertaken in order to support the family during such a delicate phase of its life.

- From Pope John Paul II's Letter to Families, n.34-37.

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