The Mommy Wars were billed as the nastiest fight in American parenting, and actually fueled by a decades-old blunder. This story was produced in collaboration with Quartz.
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The Mommy Wars

Produced by Erik German Solana Pyne

Since the 1990s, it’s been hard to watch coverage of parenting without being told there’s a war going on. The so-called Mommy Wars are being fought between employed mothers and those who stay at home – a supposed fight over whether mothers’ choices are helping kids or doing them harm. But, as the years have passed and women have made different individual choices, it turns out that it may be the question itself – and the false assumptions behind it – that are the real problem.

Read more about the Mommy Wars here: The toxic myth that working moms fail their kids is fueled by decades-old bad science

Watch our related mini documentary here: The idea that a woman’s fertility plummets at age 35 comes from bad science

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