Can we release the brake on the career re-entry of mothers? A UK perspective

Anna Katharina Bader, John Blenkinsopp

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While there are many reasons for career inequalities between men and women, becoming a mother is one of the most important life events affecting the career paths of women. In particular, decisions on whether, when and how mothers return to work have a significant influence on their later career development. Therefore, in this article, we review the literature regarding challenges and determinants of mothers’ return to work after a child-related career break. Subsequently, we compare the context of returning mothers in the UK and India and present the legal, infrastructural and cultural specificities of both countries to better understand the influence of context on decision making of mothers. Building on this, we turn toward mechanisms to reduce barriers of re-entry and provide recommendations how to support the transition of mothers back to work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCareer Dynamics in a Global World
Subtitle of host publicationIndian and Western Perspectives
EditorsPremarajan Raman Kadiyil, Anneleen Forrier, Michael B. Arthur
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdwin Elgar
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781789901504
ISBN (Print)9781789901498
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2020

Publication series

NameNew Horizons in Organization Studies
PublisherEdward Elgar


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