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Mothers and social policy

Gillian Pascall and Anna Kwak

in Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424204
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424204.003.0006
Mothers and social policy

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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

Chapter.  6822 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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