Gender and Family Issues in the WorkPlace / Edition 1

Gender and Family Issues in the WorkPlace / Edition 1

by Francine D. Blau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0871541173

ISBN-13: 9780871541178

Pub. Date: 06/08/1997

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

Claudia Goldin presents evidence that female college graduates are rarely able to balance motherhood with "career track" employment, and Jane Waldfogel demonstrates that having children results in substantially lower wages for women. Do parental leave policies improve the situation for women? Gender and Family Issues in the Workplace offers a variety of perspectives…  See more details below

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Claudia Goldin presents evidence that female college graduates are rarely able to balance motherhood with "career track" employment, and Jane Waldfogel demonstrates that having children results in substantially lower wages for women. Do parental leave policies improve the situation for women? Gender and Family Issues in the Workplace offers a variety of perspectives on this important question. Some propose that extended leave improves women's wages by allowing them to preserve their job tenure. Other economists express concern that federal leave policies prevent firms and their workers from acting on their own particular needs and constraints, while others argue that because such policies improve the well-being of children they are necessary to society as a whole. Olivia Mitchell finds that although the availability of unpaid parental leave has sharply increased, only a tiny percentage of workers have access to paid leave or child care assistance. Others caution that the current design of "family-friendly policies" may promote gender inequality by reinforcing the traditional division of labor within families. The various points of view combine to form an innovative and up-to-date investigation into women's chances for success and equality in the modern economy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871541178
Publisher:
Russell Sage Foundation
Publication date:
06/08/1997
Pages:
313
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Career and Family: College Women Look to the Past20
Commentary59
Commentary61
Ch. 3Labor Supply Effects of State Maternity Leave Legislation65
Commentary86
Commentary89
Ch. 4Working Mothers Then and Now: A Cross-Cohort Analysis of the Effects of Maternity Leave on Women's Pay82
Commentary127
Commentary130
Ch. 5Parental Leave Policies in Europe and North America133
Commentary157
Commentary162
Ch. 6Work Norms and Professional Labor Markets166
Commentary203
Commentary206
Ch. 7Early Career Supervisor Gender and the Labor Market Outcomes of Young Workers210
Commentary256
Commentary264
Ch. 8Three Perspectives on Policy
Work and Family Benefits269
Work-Family Policies and Equality Between Women and Men277
The Role of Child Care and Parental Leave Policies in Supporting Family and Work Activities280
References285
Index297

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