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August 30, 2002 - Ann Crittenden, author of "The Price of Motherhood" (2001), will speak at Aquinas College Wege Student Ballroom on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. Her talk is titled "The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued." The Aquinas Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center is sponsoring her appearance. The event is free and the public is welcome.

In her book "The Price of Motherhood," Crittenden argues that although women have been liberated, mothers have not. After doing hundreds of interviews around the country, as well as studying current research in economics, sociology, history, child development, and law, she shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made dependent by a society that celebrates the labor of child-rearing but undervalues and even exploits those who perform it. She demonstrates that if mothers had more resources and respect, everyone including children would be better off. The New York Times Book Review described "The Price of Motherhood," as "powerful and important" and The San Francisco Chronicle calls it "A landmark book."

Crittenden was a reporter for The New York Times from 1975-1983, where she wrote on economics, initiated numerous investigative reports and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She has also been a reporter for Fortune, financial writer and foreign correspondent for Newsweek, and economics commentator for CBS News. Crittenden has also written "Killing the Sacred Cows: Bold Ideas for a New Economy" (1993); and "Sanctuary: A Story of American Conscience and the Law in Collision" (1988). The Nation, Foreign Affairs, Barron's and Working Women are a few of the magazines that have published her articles.

Consistently ranked one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, Aquinas College offers an approach to learning and living that teaches students unlamented ways of seeing the world. Founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, the College's Dominican tradition of working, service and lifelong learning remains alive today in a diverse student body. Students from more than 22 states and 15 foreign countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Within six months of graduation, nearly all graduates are in full-time jobs, enrolled in professional schools of law, medicine, or dentistry, or in a master or doctoral program. For more information, visit our Web site at

Sally Reeves
College Relations
616-459-8281, ext. 4418

Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center
616-459-8281, ext. 4115 or 4115
August 15, 2002