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.
|Title of host publication||Career Dynamics in a Global World|
|Subtitle of host publication||Indian and Western Perspectives|
|Editors||Premarajan Raman Kadiyil, Anneleen Forrier, Michael B. Arthur|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 19 May 2020|
|Name||New Horizons in Organization Studies|