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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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Daughters’ aspirations for working motherhood

Daughters’ aspirations for working motherhood

(p.117) Six Daughters’ aspirations for working motherhood
Like Mother, Like Daughter?

Jill Armstrong

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the aims and aspirations of the daughters with regards to combining work with motherhood. Almost all of the daughters who were child-free anticipated having children and had ideas about how they wanted to shape their careers around motherhood. A clear majority of the daughters also anticipated (or were) working part-time. The chapter then discusses the facets of the contemporary culture of motherhood that means many women who have embarked upon professional and managerial careers think about substantially cutting their working hours. A dominant belief is that part-time work gives you the ‘best of both worlds’. In essence, good parenting is being measured by time spent at home versus time spent at work — despite the daughters' belief that they were well mothered by career women working much more than part-time hours.

Keywords:   daughters, work, motherhood, part-time work, professional careers, managerial careers, working hours, good parenting, parenting

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