ERIC Number: ED160725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
The Working Mother: A Survey of Problems and Programs in Nine Countries.
Cook, Alice H.
Married women in the labor market are victimized all over the world, mainly because women's work-life cycle differs radically from that of men. During a review of recent research data and a fifteen-month study tour in nine communist and non-communist countries, it was found that working mothers continue to carry a double burden of home and child care duties, on the one hand, and employment, on the other. Lack of coordination among labor market, social welfare, and educational policy makers has resulted in (with the possible exception of Sweden) ineffectual social policies that don't adequately accomodate or support womens' special needs and circumstances. Immediate provision of child care facilities for part-time work could serve as intermediate solutions until society adapts over the long run to new definitions of sex roles and equalization of parental responsibilities. In the United States, a maternal bill of rights could be instituted to maximize women's productivity and earnings and to alleviate some of the burden now borne by working mothers. (Author/KR)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Child Care, Developed Nations, Educational Benefits, Employed Women, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Government Role, Labor Force, Labor Market, Mothers, Part Time Employment, Sex Discrimination, Social Welfare
Publications Division, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, Box 1000, Ithaca, New York l4853 ($4.75)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell Univ.
Identifiers: Australia; Austria; East Germany; Israel; Japan; Rumania; Russia; Sweden; West Germany