Most mothers are formally "dependents" in marriage, not economic equals. They have no unequivocal right to half the family assets, and are not considered joint recipients of the primary breadwinner's income-during or after marriage.
--The wage gap between mothers and childless women is now greater than that between young men and young women.
--Nannies qualify for Social Security but mothers do not.
--Mothers' lack of financial power in marriage deprives children; fathers are statistically less likely to spend their money on children's health and education.