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In a photo from the Library of Congress, a 1976 poster by Jacquie Ursula Caldwell. Several Democratic presidential candidates are proposing that parents who stay home to care for children get paid, a twist on typical family policies — like paid leave, subsidized child care or the right to work part-time — all of which make it easier for parents to have jobs outside the home. (Library of Congress via The New York Times)

Stay-at-home parents work hard. Should they be paid?

It’s not uncommon in the United States for two parents to spend long hours working hard — but the one who works outside the home is paid for it, while the one who does housework and child care is paid nothing.

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