Amy Marcus-Newhall and Judith LeMaster: "The Motherhood Mandate is Alive and Well"

The age at which women become mothers affects their economic and psychological well-being. We asked young mothers themselves about their experiences as employed or stay-at home mothers and what they thought about mothers who were living lives different from their own. We studied a diverse group of young women (African-American, White and Latina), both stay-at-home and employed mothers. Using interviews and written surveys, we asked young (ages 18-30) mothers to tell us about their lives.