What's a Mother to Do? Women, Low-Wage Employment, and Leave Policies
Publication Date: November 2008
Author(s): Wendy Pollack
Series: Vol. 42 no. 7-8
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Women and Leave Policies; Leave Policies; Workforce; Employment
Coverage: United States
Most American workers must balance their work schedules with care-giving duties at home. Inadequate leave policies make this balance nearly impossible for many, particularly women, who generally bear more care-giving responsibilities than men and are more likely to hold jobs with minimal flexibility or leave. Workplace practices without adequate leave or flexibility may be discriminatory. Advocates must take action against such practices.