Elizabeth Harmer-Dionne | The Economics of Motherhood

2017-08-18T13:19:54-04:00September 23rd, 2009|Guest Bloggers|

Elizabeth Harmer Dionne is a long-time resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts where she lives with her tolerant husband and four busy children. She has attained minor local notoriety as an agitator for reform in the public schools, resident-friendly zoning, and revamping the city's governance structure. One of her sons is autistic, so she is also involved in special education issues. She writes: Children are expensive. Projected lifetime costs for raising a child range from $180,000 to $290,000 to well north of $1,000,000, depending on the neighborhood, possessions, and education one selects. Raising children exacts other costs. One study reported that 93% of “highly qualified” women who wanted to return to work after raising children were unable to return to their chosen career.