By Elaine Mays – Freelance journalist and travel writer

The most important and the most underpaid job in the world – Motherhood. How we raise our children affects mankind and society for generations and, yet is the most underpaid, underrated job in the world. Mostly women care for, teach and nurture the children 7 by 24 and expect little or nothing in return. Their only reward is that the children learn and become productive, caring human beings but that’s about all. Many women give up large salaries and benefits for this job, out of love for their children, relying on a partner to take up the slack. But then when women reach retirement what do they have? If they have never worked they don’t have a 401K or likely no money set aside for those later years. Many times the partner is gone for one reason or another. And this is where Social Security comes to their aid. If it were not for Social Security more women would be living in poverty and unable to live out their lives in relative comfort. It is essential that we preserve this safety net for women who raise the children. It is the least we can do for these heroic women.