Work-Family Policies and Gender Inequality at Work


  • Sarah Beth Estes
  • Joe Michael

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family  Encyclopedia

Year: 2005


  • Business Case
  • Family-Friendly
  • Gender
  • Mothers/Motherhood
  • Public Policy


  • Sociology


The 1989 “Mommy Track” article by Felice Schwartz, in which she proposed that employers create family tracks to address women’s family needs so as to retain talented female labor, created a maelstrom in both academic and business circles. Critics were quick to point out that differential treatment of women would lead to their marginalization at work and perpetuate gender inequality in wages and promotions. At the same time, the general “business case” for the implementation of work-family policies was taking shape.

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