Both are very interesting articles and raise the issue of how far have we really come and are we going backwards. Erica does make the point (and I agree entirely) that there is way way way too much pressure put on mothers and expecting mothers.
Yet here I am, feeling very lucky to be able to stay home with our daughter while my husband brings in most of our household income.
What has changed? Family law has certainly changed dramatically in Canada since the 1970s. If we ever get divorced I won't be left with nothing. That provides security to the stay-at-home mom that didn't exist back in my grandmother's day.
That being said, I have to reconcile my current at-home status with my feminist beliefs (if you'd have asked me in my late teens and early 20s if I'd ever be a stay-at-home mom I would have told you NEVER). What has changed? I fell in love with my daughter and with motherhood and love it far more than any job I have ever had. Not all women have that experience and I fully support those women who can't wait to get back to work - staying at home is not for everyone.