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April 11, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Stepping into the middle of a heated debate over how women have fared under President Obama's economic policies, Ann Romney made her debut on Twitter on Wednesday night - defending her decision to forgo a professional career and raise her five sons at home. On a day when Obama's and Mitt Romney's campaigns battled furiously over whose policies would be more beneficial to women in the workplace, Ann Romney entered the Twittersphere for the first time to respond to comments by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, who suggested during a CNN interview that Romney should not be consulting his wife about the plight of women in the workplace . “Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen told CNN host Anderson Cooper during a discussion about the back-and-forth between the two campaigns Wednesday.
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April 15, 2014 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
The media have become fond in recent years of glamorizing stay-at-home moms as elite career women who have “opted out” of the workforce so they can put family first. Finally , the Pew Research Center has provided the reality check we've needed. “The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999,” Pew's new report finds. The primary reason: economics. The cost of child care and the lack of job opportunities are forcing women to stay at home rather than go back to work after having kids.
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OPINION
April 27, 1997
Would someone tell Cal Thomas (Column Right, April 18) that there is one show that has true courage and has for more than eight years. The mother stays at home, loves her family, is involved in the community and goes to church. I should add she has yellow skin, a blue sky-high hairdo and wears strapless green dresses with red pearls. Who is she? Marge Bouvier Simpson, matriarch of "The Simpsons" and according to Thomas' evaluation the most normal person on television. CATHERINE MIMS-YAMAGUCHI
BUSINESS
October 17, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- A proposed federal rule would make it easier for stay-at-home moms, spouses and domestic partners to obtain credit cards. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it wanted to correct a problem that arose from a 2009 law that has led some people to be denied credit cards because they did not have their own income or assets. The proposal, announced Wednesday, would allow people to rely on shared-income from a spouse or partner when applying for a credit card.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
If a stay-at-home mom could be compensated in dollars rather than personal satisfaction and unconditional love, she'd rake in nearly $117,000 a year. That's according to a study by Salary.com, a Waltham, Mass.-based firm that studies workplace compensation. The eighth annual survey calculated a mom's market value by studying pay levels for 10 job titles with duties performed by typical mothers, including housekeeper, teacher, psychologist and chief executive. This year, the annual salary for a stay-at-home mom would be $116,805, and a mom who juggles an outside job would get $68,405 for her motherly duties.
MAGAZINE
November 16, 2003 | Marci Crestani, Marci Crestani is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.
Twelve years ago, when my second son was born, I quit my job as a journalist to "do the mom thing," as I so ineloquently put it. The only unsettling part of the transition, oddly enough, was that I had no simple way of defining myself when people asked what I did. The question I faced back then remains as puzzling to me today: What do you call a woman who has quit her paying job to take on the non-paying full-time job of raising her children?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Surgeons at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center orchestrated a chain of nine kidney transplants in June that is expected to end next week. Donors include: 1. Harry Damon, 55, a firefighter from Grand Rapids, Mich., donated June 8 to Sheila Whitney, 49, a stay-at-home mom from Compton. 2. Reginal Griffin, 27, a musician from Long Beach, donated June 8 to Keenan Cheung, 44, of La Cañada Flintridge, a USC housing manager. 3. Cheung's wife, Jeanne, 43, who works at a Burbank production company, donated June 8 to Sonia Valencia, 29, of Commerce, a resource teacher.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Molly Ringwald's novel-in-stories “When It Happens To You” officially publishes Tuesday. When I talked to her about the book, the conversation often took off into interesting realms that didn't make it into the feature on her that ran in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. Here are a few bonus excerpts from that interview, edited for length and clarity. We'd begun talking informally in a nearby bookstore, where the “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy dominated the bestseller display. She told me that she had read the book because her friend, Bret Easton Ellis, was interested in writing the screenplay adaptation.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2008
Thank you for bringing the determined Stone family to the public's attention. ("Well on their way to family goals," Feb. 24.) How refreshing to see a family in control of their personal finances rather than being controlled by them. This is also a great reminder that being a stay-at-home mom is not only an option for the wealthy. Far too often we are told that it is impossible for moms to stay home with their children. Too often we are encouraged to give up the quaint notion before even sitting down and going through the budget with a fine-tooth comb.
WORLD
March 10, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
  Stay-at-home mom Swati Rastogi watched her daughter Krisha play with plastic monkeys as son Dhruva lined up model cars in their two-bedroom apartment surrounded by Hindi and English alphabet posters. Dhruva, 3, asked whether Pakistan is part of India. He was informed that it's not. "I don't know where that comes from," she said, watching attentively. That's a rarity for Rastogi, who leaves little to chance when it comes to her children's education. Although China and its diaspora receive lots of attention for hyper-parenting since last year's publication of the book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," Indians aren't exactly wallflowers in the child-rearing department.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Molly Ringwald's novel-in-stories “When It Happens To You” officially publishes Tuesday. When I talked to her about the book, the conversation often took off into interesting realms that didn't make it into the feature on her that ran in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. Here are a few bonus excerpts from that interview, edited for length and clarity. We'd begun talking informally in a nearby bookstore, where the “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy dominated the bestseller display. She told me that she had read the book because her friend, Bret Easton Ellis, was interested in writing the screenplay adaptation.
NEWS
April 15, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Two videos unearthed in the wake of the back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats over the “war on women” provide more background on presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's past views on working women. The search for the footage was sparked by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's appearance Wednesday on CNN, in which she claimed that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.” Her opinion drew a sharp rebuke from Democrats and Republicans alike.
NATIONAL
April 13, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Ann Romney didn't draw a salary when she was a stay-at-home mom raising five boys. But if she had, she'd have pulled in more than $112,000 a year in today's dollars, suggests a popular new study. Each year, Salary.com asks thousands of stay-at-home moms to complete a detailed survey about how they spend their days managing a household and raising children. The popular website dedicated to salary compensation issues then puts a price tag on all that cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, laundry-doing .... This year's study says the average stay-at-home mom's compensation would total $112,962 a year.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The shrill debate over a Democratic strategist's assertion that stay-at-home mom Ann Romney should not be advising her husband about women's economic travails glossed over the bind that Mitt Romney finds himself in as he pivots to the fall election. The problem is this: Many of the economic policies that the former Massachusetts governor has embraced during the contentious Republican primary could make it much harder for him to appeal to the moderate and independent women who are key to his quest for the White House.
NEWS
April 11, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Stepping into the middle of a heated debate over how women have fared under President Obama's economic policies, Ann Romney made her debut on Twitter on Wednesday night - defending her decision to forgo a professional career and raise her five sons at home. On a day when Obama's and Mitt Romney's campaigns battled furiously over whose policies would be more beneficial to women in the workplace, Ann Romney entered the Twittersphere for the first time to respond to comments by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, who suggested during a CNN interview that Romney should not be consulting his wife about the plight of women in the workplace . “Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen told CNN host Anderson Cooper during a discussion about the back-and-forth between the two campaigns Wednesday.
WORLD
March 10, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
  Stay-at-home mom Swati Rastogi watched her daughter Krisha play with plastic monkeys as son Dhruva lined up model cars in their two-bedroom apartment surrounded by Hindi and English alphabet posters. Dhruva, 3, asked whether Pakistan is part of India. He was informed that it's not. "I don't know where that comes from," she said, watching attentively. That's a rarity for Rastogi, who leaves little to chance when it comes to her children's education. Although China and its diaspora receive lots of attention for hyper-parenting since last year's publication of the book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," Indians aren't exactly wallflowers in the child-rearing department.
NEWS
December 21, 1986
I find it difficult to sympathize with the working mothers who were interviewed for Beverly Beyette's recent article on the Babies and Briefcases group ("Working Mothers and Career-Parent Conflicts," Dec. 12). These women admitted that they were not working to put food on the table. Rather they are working for personal reasons or to keep up a "yuppie" life style. Don't they realize how selfish they are being, putting their own ego-gratification above the very real needs of their children and family?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1999 | SERENA EMBREE, Serena Embree is an ESL teacher in Santa Rosa
Listening to the fallout from a new report that says children of stay-at-home moms show no significant difference from children of working moms, it occurred to me that I am in an ideal position to comment on this subject. I am a mom who had the good fortune to be a stay-at-home mom and loved it, and I am the child of a stay-at-home mom who hated it. My intelligent and knowledgeable mother was a happy working woman before her marriage in 1936.
HEALTH
February 13, 2012 | By Valerie Ulene, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you ask my 10-year-old son, he'd tell you that I'm not a "real doctor. " His point of reference is my husband, David, a surgeon who usually leaves the house before 6 and works 12-hour days. Most mornings, while David is at the hospital preparing for the operating room, I'm home making breakfast for our kids or packing lunches for school. In the late afternoons, while David is wrapping up office hours, I'm busy driving my son to soccer practice or overseeing his homework. It wasn't always this way. Throughout medical school and residency, I worked as hard - if not harder - than my husband.
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