(Abigail Smith Adams About The Purpose Of Politics To Her Husband John Adams In the HBO Adaptation of David McCollough’s John Adams)
Abigail Adams, the First Lady of the United States from 1797-1801, was, in many ways, the ideal woman any man could wed. She was an intellectual equal to her husband John Adams and, in fact, more suave and elegant in the dignity of her public conduct in contrast to her husband’s occasional clumsiness while being an exceptional mother to her children. She can be said to have “raised” two presidents: her husband John and her son John Quincy. Another in that ilk is Barbara Bush, wife and mother of a president and governor, and of course, our current First Lady Michelle Obama, an all-Ivy lawyer, who gave her husband roots and identity in Chicago.
At a time when the world’s women are making rapid strides in sex and gender equality and the Chinese are experimenting with manufacturing female breast milk, any argument seeking more of women’s focus in the household as wives and mothers might feel atavistic and perhaps even recidivist to the ultra-feminist.
Of the 145 million tax payers in the United States, a country most advanced in women’s equality with the exception of women in the presidency (United States has had no woman president in the White House yet), more than 70 million are women and of them about 60 million are not very high income earners (or those with incomes greater than $200,000 – 500,000 a year and above), notwithstanding the other fact that in more than 50% of American households women are the primary bread-winners.
Median income for women is less than US per capita but rising because more women are attending college to train for all occupational categories. Enrollment in every major in college, including engineering, is fast resembling the natural sex ratio of about 50:50 in the society.
In the child bearing years, however, because only women can bear children, despite there being availability of paid services for child care for working women, the social welfare of future generations by complementing the secondary school education of their children – a desire of all elected officials, men and women, without exception – can rise as demonstrated by historical experience until the 1980s in the United States if women stay home after college until they are 40 to bear healthy children at the appropriate time in their lives and raise them into college years (parenthetically, such a behavioral change could also alleviate the racial anxieties being wrought by the declining white population in America).
Being housewives and mothers in stable families neither precludes community engagement nor entails loss of skills acquired through education in a services-dominated information technology (IT) enabled economy which affords the flexibility of choosing the number of work hours in a week to work from home without the stresses of travel, commute and office attendance 9-5.
On a statistical note, about 8 million less women of the 70 million working American women in the job market today is the equivalent of creating 8 million jobs or back to full employment nearly overnight.
Now, this is something to think about for educated men and women alike if women are to save America from the impending economic decline within the coming 4 years if nothing is done to adapt the 1950s America – when women had returned home from their working years in factories during the war – to the decade of the 2010s by restructuring double-income families with at least one child under 18 to typically one high wage earner, man or woman.
Female political anger in 21st century America can be overcome by 8 million 2-income US taxpayers taking 2-year severance for one earner, male or female, for unemployment to return to 4% literally overnight with a government expense of only about $250 billion to avert the next big economic crisis – a possible depression.