In 1953, when her youngest child was born, Dana Mazurek’s life looked a lot like the lives of other women of her generation. Born in rural West Virginia, she met Ed when she was a striking 21-year-old and he a handsome Marine who had recently returned from the Pacific theater. They were married within a year and headed for Chicago to live near his Polish-American family. By the time Dana was 30, she was a homemaker with five children, all skinny like their mom and blond like their dad, with the kinds of names that sound perfect for a charming family sitcom: Rosie, Mikey, Vicky, Timmy, Mary.
"What Women Get from Work" is from the April 29, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Jill Filipovic and narrated by Kristi Burns.