Do you know who Janet Reno is?
Of course you do. She was attorney general under Bill Clinton.
Do you know who Zoe Baird is?
Probably not. She was Clinton's first nominee for attorney general. But she was withdrawn from consideration because she hired an illegal immigrant to be her nanny and did not pay taxes on them. "Her husband filed sponsorship papers at the time and sought the advice of counsel on paying taxes. She paid $2,900 in fines for the infractions."
Do you know who Kimba Wood is?
She was Clinton's second nominee for attorney general. Who also ended up having hired an illegal immigrant to be her nanny. Finally, Janet Reno, who was childless, got the job.
Maybe Baird and Wood were really immoral people. Or maybe this is just something that a LOT of women do.
After all, nanny's are very very expensive. Far out of a lot of working women's price range. Immigrants make the impossible affordable. And the taxes are a baffling ordeal that the government makes as confusing as humanly possible and only adds to the exorbitant cost.
As I've mentioned before, I paid 40K for daycare last year. It's pretty messed up that you have to earn well over 40K after taxes to make working financially worth it. I think we should examine that system before we vilify women who use alternative pathways to try to make it work.