Getting back to the original topic, gender roles of men and women: Perhaps you've heard American feminists describe Czech gender roles as "backward." I'd like to defend the Czechs in this area. Fifty years ago, American women fought for "equality" but ended up trying to juggle work, children, and housework. My mother believed that she should stay home and raise children, and neither my two siblings nor I were ever placed in daycare. We never returned from school and pulled out a key to let ourselves into an empty house. My mother attended every school performance and athletic event. She knew when I was upset immediately; she knew us better than other kids' parents seemed to know their children. She taught us the benefits of money management and healthy lifestyles. She taught us to act like adults, not to ask government to pay our bills. My sister has a Ph. D. and has decided to stay home with her children as well. It is obvious that she would give her life for her children. She was appalled at a recent party when she heard a woman with a premature infant say that she felt the doctor was pressuring her to breastfeed her child. Is it possible we've lost the concept of what it means to be a mother? Many American women today are making the same choices Czech women are, if given the option to stay home with their children. I believe the feminist movement has put a wedge between women and their children by making it difficult for women to prioritize their families before their careers. The result is that some children are so abandoned that they don't even speak a language by the time they enter kindergarten, and the problems mount as they grow.