Blue-collar mother/White-collar daughter: A perspective on U.S.policies toward working mothers

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Wyatt-Nichol, H. (2009). Blue-collar mother/White-collar daughter: A perspective on U.S. policies toward working mothers. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering. 11(2), 111-121.



U.S. policies designed to provide access and equality for women in the workforce through the lens of a blue-collar mother and white-collar daughter is presented. The Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title vii of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, and The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 are considered along with recently proposed initiatives in Congress. Although federal legislation has provided access for women to enter the workplace, as well as provided minimal job protection for family leave, inequities persist and provide evidence that reforms are necessary to promote the needs of working mothers.