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Making motherhood work : how women manage careers and caregiving

Author: Caitlyn Collins
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The work-family conflict that mothers experience today is a national crisis. Women struggle to balance breadwinning with the bulk of parenting, and stress is constant. Social policies don't help. Of all Western industrialized countries, the United States ranks dead last for supportive work-family policies: No federal paid parental leave. The highest gender wage gap. No minimum standard for vacation and sick days.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caitlyn Collins
ISBN: 0691178852 9780691178851
OCLC Number: 1032654613
Description: xvii, 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: SOS --
Sweden: "It is easy in Sweden to work and have kids." --
Former East Germany: "I wouldn't know how to handle forty hours. . . . That's no life." --
Western Germany: " 'You are a career whore,' they say in Germany." --
Italy: "Nobody helps me. It is very difficult in Italy." --
The United States: "We can't figure out how to do it all at the same time." --
Politicizing mothers' work-family conflict --
Appendix A: Notes on methods --
Appendix B: Interview schedule.
Responsibility: Caitlyn Collins.

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A cross-national account of working mothers' daily lives--and the revolution in public policy and culture needed to improve them.  Read more...

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"Collins, a sociology professor, draws on interviews with working mothers in four different countries in this evenhanded, discerning exploration of work-family balance. Organizing her research by Read more...

 
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