Can we release the brake on the career re-entry of mothers? A UK perspective

Anna Katharina Bader, John Blenkinsopp

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While there are many reasons for career inequalities between men and women, becoming a mother is one of the most significant life events affecting the career paths of women. In particular, decisions on whether, when and how mothers return to work have a significant influence on their later career development. Therefore, in this chapter, the authors review the literature regarding challenges and determinants of mothers’ return to work after a child-related career break. Subsequently, they compare the context of returning mothers in the UK and India and present the legal, infrastructural and cultural specificities of both countries to better understand the influence of context on decision-making of mothers. Building on this, they turn toward mechanisms to reduce barriers to re-entry and provide recommendations on how to support the transition of mothers back to work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCareer Dynamics in a Global World
Subtitle of host publicationIndian and Western Perspectives
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781789901504
ISBN (Print)9781789901498
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2020

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