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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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Making working motherhood work

Making working motherhood work

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(p.171) Nine Making working motherhood work
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Like Mother, Like Daughter?
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Jill Armstrong

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334088.003.0009

This concluding chapter explores the intersections between the accounts of the relationship between mothers and daughters with social changes in the expansion of opportunities for women. The recommendations for daughters centre on challenging feelings of generalised maternal guilt by communicating the finding of this, and other research, that most daughters feel positive about having a mother with a career. The daughters in this research pointed out several ways in which they were protected from feeling any ill effects, which it will be useful to disseminate in order to positively influence the ‘emotion management’ of work and caring commitments. Mothers have an important role to play in encouraging their daughters' ambition. The chapter then discusses contemporary feminisms in the context of the culture of ‘maternal citizenship’ and the masked cost to the professional, middle-class women of the trend towards making individual mothers wholly responsible for their children's outcomes.

Keywords:   mothers, daughters, women, maternal guilt, working mothers, emotion management, contemporary feminisms, maternal citizenship, professional women

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