All Mothers Are Working Mothers

From Planet 231

by Catrin Ashton

Catrin Ashton on the impact of an unusual gift to celebrate the birth of her daughter: a 1970s pamphlet by Marxists who led an international campaign for stay-at-home mothers to receive a wage. She argues that mothers in lower-income families have been let down by both capitalism and socialism, and details why the pamphlet is more relevant than ever for contemporary Wales.

This is the farm road. It leads from the mountain and its wild, bare moorland, back to the village of Bedlinog that sits hacked into the slopes of the Taf Bargod valley. After running on the open windy terrain of Cefn Gelligaer, the farm road feels like the home straight. The landscape is tamer here, sheep are brought to its lower slopes during lambing season; in the hedgerows nettles grow and cowslips, with bluebells in the shaded spots. Families have long walked here; children ride alongside their parents or grandparents on bikes and scooters.

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