Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving, 1st Edition

  • Caitlyn Collins
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  • ISBN-10: 0691185158
  • ISBN-13: 9780691185156
  • DDC: 306.8743
  • 360 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released November 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This title offers a moving, cross-national account of working mothers’ daily lives—and the revolution in public policy and culture needed to improve them. 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 U.S. ranks dead last for supportive work-family policies: No federal paid parental leave. The highest gender wage gap. No minimum standard vacation and sick days. The highest maternal and child poverty rates. Can American women look to European policies for solutions? This book includes interviews conducted over five years with 135 middle-class working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the U.S. It explores how women navigate work and family given the different policy supports available in each country and demonstrates that women need not accept their work-family conflict as inevitable.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: SOS.
2: Sweden: “It Is Easy in Sweden to Work and Have Kids.”.
3: Former East Germany: “I Wouldn't Know How to Handle Forty Hours.… That's No Life.”.
4: Western Germany “‘You Are a Career Whore,’ They Say in Germany.”.
5: Italy: “Nobody Helps Me. It Is Very Difficult in Italy.”.
6: The United States: “We Can't Figure out How to Do It All at the Same Time.”.
7: Politicizing Mothers' Work-Family Conflict.
Appendix A: Notes on Methods.
Appendix B: Interview Schedule.