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Like Mother, Like Daughter?How Career Women Influence Their Daughters' Ambition$
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Jill Armstrong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334088

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334088.001.0001

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Partners in parenting

Partners in parenting

Chapter:
(p.157) Eight Partners in parenting
Source:
Like Mother, Like Daughter?
Author(s):

Jill Armstrong

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334088.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the crucial role played by partners and fathers in influencing both the positive and negative feelings mothers have about combining work with motherhood. Almost half of the partnered mothers and daughter mothers had a more or less egalitarian parenting arrangement. These mothers tended to feel more positive about their experiences of managing work and family life. Nevertheless, most of the mothers — including many with egalitarian parenting partnerships — shouldered an unequal amount of domestic responsibility. This has persisted across generations, as exemplified by the fact that over half of the daughters had or were planning to adopt the male breadwinner, female part-time model that they perceived as the ‘best of both worlds’. Motivations and experiences involved in shared parenting tend to be emotionally complex and full of contradictions.

Keywords:   partners, fathers, work, motherhood, egalitarian parenting, family life, domestic responsibility, shared parenting

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