Why mothers' choices about work and family often feel like no choice at all

When policymakers frame “choices” as personal preferences, it distracts from major structural constraints.

If liberals and conservatives can agree on anything about family policies, it’s this: Parents should have choices.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said her plan for universal child care would give parents “the freedom to choose the best work and child care situation for themselves.”
Ivanka Trump, at a White House summit about family policies, said, “Our vision is to give each parent the resources and support they need to make the best choice for their children.”