Sociology Public Seminar: Complex Inequality and Working Mothers

Sociology Public Seminar: Complex Inequality and Working Mothers

Sociology Public Seminars Autumn 2015

In collaboration with Gender-ARC; FESTA and Youth Community and Social Regeneration.

Date: 17th November, 13.00 in F1030

Title: Complex Inequality and Working Mothers 

Speaker: Dr Clare O’Hagan, Research Fellow, FESTA, UL

For women who combine motherhood with paid work, Ireland is no country for working mothers.  Drawing on research with thirty ‘working mothers’, this seminar reveals that a complex inequality occurs at the intersection of motherhood with paid work, which creates difficulties for women who attempt to combine the two.  In Ireland as elsewhere, changes in the male breadwinner model, with women’s participation in paid work, have not been matched by changes in society, polity and economy to support gender equality.  Policies for supporting unpaid care work are undeveloped compared with labour market activation measures. Families are currently combining working and caring in many different ways, but with little social support.  Women make heroic efforts in combining motherhood with paid work as if they are ‘ideal workers’ in the workplace, and full-time-in-the-home mothers and attempt to meet the demands on women in both spheres.  Current ideas about ‘ideal mothers’ and ‘ideal workers,’ are promoted in dominant discourses, which reveal the operation of power and its effects on social policy, legislation, employers’ and women’s practices.

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