Maternity Leave: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Miki Caul Kittilson of Arizona State University makes a strong case for the importance of women in political power in order for more parental leave policies to occur. Kittilson’s article “Representing Women: The Adoption of Family Leave in Comparative Perspective” examines data from 1970-2000 in 19 different democratic countries. As writer’s like Ann Crittenden(see “Mommy … More Maternity Leave: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Maternity Leave: Women’s Magazines and Redefining the State’s Responsibilities to Mothers

In 1921, Congress passed the Maternity and Infancy Act which provided resources to help improve infant mortality rates and the illness/mortality rates of women in childbirth. Jennifer Burek Pierce in her article  “Science, Advocacy, and “The Sacred and Intimate things of Life”: Representing Motherhood as a Progressive Era Cause in Women’s Magazines,” argues that it was … More Maternity Leave: Women’s Magazines and Redefining the State’s Responsibilities to Mothers

Maternity Leave: 1990’s Data and the “Mommy Tax”

Ann Crittenden, an economics reporter for the New York Times, Ann Crittenden published an article called “The Mommy Tax” in which she analyzed data from the 1990’s and articulated some of the problems that women face as they try to balance work and child-rearing choices. This article published in 2001 provides insight into how some … More Maternity Leave: 1990’s Data and the “Mommy Tax”

Maternity Leave: The Problem of Working Mothers

In her book From Working Girl to Working Mother: The Female Labor Force in the United States, 1820-1980 Lynn Y. Weiner explores the development of working mothers as an abnormal occurrence in American society. Her research helps to explain some of the reasons why maternity leave may not be a pressing concern for legislators or … More Maternity Leave: The Problem of Working Mothers