Are you kidding me??? I have never worked a full time job outside the home. I have worked as a substitute teacher, sewed for people, babysit, and volunteered at schools.Miner's wives should be out searching for a job now. Don't wait around on the inevitable to happen. Actually, you wives should be working fulltime during the whole marriage. Stay at home moms/wives are pretty much extinct in todays society. Unless you have mental or physical disabilities you should be helping your husband provide that love nest. When the wives are working, a few months layoff is much less stressful to the whole family.
I have plenty to do at home to keep me busy. And I raised my kids myself! I understand the "need" to work these days, but it isn't always a "need". We did without a lot of things so I could stay home and raise my children. I get tired of hearing women complain about working, yet they drive a brand new car, have a boat, wear the best clothes (them and their children). There is a simple solution do without some things. Live in a smaller house, drive a used car! If mothers need to work fine go for it, if you want to work fine...but if you work to have more "stuff" and then complain about it...I don't buy it!
I do feel sorry for all the coal miners losing jobs. It is a sad day when coal miners are becoming a part of the past instead of the future.