What's a Mother to Do? Women, Low-Wage Employment, and Leave Policies

Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law; Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy

Author(s): Wendy Pollack

Research Area: Labor

Keywords: Women and Leave Policies; Leave Policies; Workforce; Employment

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Most American workers must balance their work schedules with care-giving duties at home. Inadequate leave policies make this balance nearly impossible for many, particularly women, who generally bear more care-giving responsibilities than men and are more likely to hold jobs with minimal flexibility or leave. Workplace practices without adequate leave or flexibility may be discriminatory. Advocates must take action against such practices.