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Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe$
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Gillian Pascall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424204

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424204.001.0001

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Mothers and social policy

Mothers and social policy

Chapter:
(p.143) Six Mothers and social policy
Source:
Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe
Author(s):

Gillian Pascall

Anna Kwak

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424204.003.0006

This chapter investigates mothers' perceptions of social policy and their ideas about what should happen. It specifically explores the social policies identified earlier for their impact in Poland on gender inequalities in paid work, care work, income, and time and voice. The chapter describes respondents' views of practical social policies, and what these amount to in terms of the gender model they see as ideal. Many responses involved demands around working time, especially for women and paticularly when they had young children. Moreover, the current consequences for gender equality are reported. It could be argued that social policies supporting parents and children, rather than mothers and children, would be more likely to support gender equality in Poland.

Keywords:   mothers, social policy, gender inequalities, Poland, paid work, care work, income, time, voice, gender equality

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