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Can women ever truly find a "balance" between work and family? While this is certainly not the first time Americans have engaged in a national discussion about women and work, there has been renewed attention to the tensions between work and family. In recent decades, laws and workplace policies have emerged that aim to address some of these problems. Millions of women in the U.S. take some time off when they give birth or adopt a child, making use of "family-friendly" laws and policies in order to spend time recuperating and to initiate a bond with their children. Such allowances are grounded in federal laws, state laws, and individual workplace policies.

The Balance Gap traces the paths individual women take in understanding and invoking work/life balance laws and policies. Using in-depth interviews with women in two workplace settings?public universities and the U.S. military?Sarah Cote Hampson explores how women navigate the laws and the unspoken cultures of their institutions. Family-friendly policies are often created with the hope that changes in structural support for women in the workplace will allow for social changes to also take effect at work. Activists and policymakers hope that such law and policy changes will not only increase women’s participation in the workplace, but also help women to experience greater overall equity as workers. As Hampson shows, however, these policies and women’s abilities to understand and utilize them have thus far fallen short of fully alleviating the tensions that women across the nation are still grappling with as they try to balance their work and their family responsibilities.





 

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  • ISBN:9781503602151
  • 規格:平裝 / 14 x 21.6 cm / 普通級


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