"…the male breadwinner family that most people think of when they hear the word “traditional” was actually a historical fluke — a short historical time period after World War II when the age of marriage fell to new lows, the fertility rate soared, and for the first time in history the average man could support his family without relying on the labor of his children and wife. For most of history, women were co-providers with their husbands, on the farm or in small businesses. Today women have rejoined men in the workforce, partly by choice, partly by economic necessity. Wives’ employment is critical to most families’ economic security, and mothers who have rewarding jobs with some level of flexibility have lower rates of depression than other moms. But the fact that 70 percent of America’s children live in homes where every adult in the household works outside the home means we have to come up with better quality child care or preschool along with more flexible work options for more parents. We simply can’t pretend these challenges will go away if we could somehow send women back home."