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A Widening Gulf among Britain's Mothers

  • Dex, Shirley
  • Joshi, Heather
  • Macran, Susan
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    It had become the norm for mothers in post-war Britain to interrupt employment after child-bearing. The trend to increased female labour-force participation involves a shortening of this break, but continuous careers are becoming more common. Many of the growing disparities. The last two decades qualifications are now maintaining full-time employment in high-level occupations when they become mothers. They take advantage of maternity leave and pay for child care. They diverge from the majority of women taking part-time jobs after periods in the home. This leads to a polarization in women's employment histories and means an uneven spread of women's gains from equal opportunities legislation. Copyright 1996 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

    Volume (Year): 12 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 1 (Spring)
    Pages: 65-75

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:12:y:1996:i:1:p:65-75
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