Chapter 1. The Myths and Realities of Maternal Employment

  1. Amy Marcus-Newhall1,
  2. Diane F. Halpern2 and
  3. Sherylle J. Tan2
  1. Sherylle J. Tan

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305272.ch1

The Changing Realities of Work and Family: A Multidisciplinary Approach

The Changing Realities of Work and Family: A Multidisciplinary Approach

How to Cite

Tan, S. J. (2008) The Myths and Realities of Maternal Employment, in The Changing Realities of Work and Family: A Multidisciplinary Approach (eds A. Marcus-Newhall, D. F. Halpern and S. J. Tan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305272.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Scripps College, USA

  2. 2

    Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, Claremont McKenna College, USA

Author Information

  1. Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, Claremont McKenna College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 1 AUG 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405163453

Online ISBN: 9781444305272

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Keywords:

  • myths and realities of maternal employment;
  • stereotypes and myths associated with idea of the “working mother”;
  • industrial revolution - changes within society and changes as to how work was perceived;
  • mother's duty to the home - important and a social norm;
  • myths of maternal employment;
  • Warren and Tyagi (2003) discussion on “two-income trap”;
  • quality of child care center and preschool children's developmental outcomes;
  • high quality child care coupled with early childhood education programs;
  • poor home care - negative effects on child outcomes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Women Have Always Worked!

  • Myths of Maternal Employment

  • Conclusions

  • References