“The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to Produce more than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society…”(Gilman) Without women, men would be no where close to pursuing or reaching their goals in careers. Comparing the stay at home mom to almost Marx theory production of his labour, the more the “stay at home” works around the house and takes care of the children the “husband/breadwinner” therefore enabling the man to pursue his widely interests. The comparison of Marx and Gilman from capitalist gain to gender inequality is quite significant. Labor theory of value how much time is put into, “raising a child”, surplus value is difference between what workers earn for their labor and price, value goods they produce. One website explained the stay at home worth. Base salary 40hrs $37,022 overtime 54.7 hrs = $75,941 =$112,962 isn’t that crazy, but it’s true mothers job ranges from cook, housekeeper, laundry, carpool, psychologist etc. “human labour is thus the one commodity that is exchanged for it’s value while being capable of producing more than it’s value”. (pg66 Marx) Even to this day many argue what the true value of a stay at home mom really is to some Priceless.
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