Working on the 'Mommy-Track': Motherhood and Women Lawyers
University of Baltimore - School of Law
Hastings Women's Law Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1997
This Article examines the effects of motherhood on the careers of women lawyers and the efficacy of the 'mommy-track' as a means of ameliorating these effects. Part I examines the current position of women in the legal profession. Part II examines the nature of 'motherhood' and the risk/benefit function of 'mommy-tracking.' Part III analyzes the 'mommy-track' from the perspective of feminist jurisprudence. Finally, Part IV examines issues related to workplace transformation. It is the position of this paper that 'mommy-tracking' reinforces undesirable stereotypes. Ironically, this apparent 'solution' actually forestalls the transformations, at home and at work, which could enable women to choose both motherhood and career. Thus, 'mommy-tracking' both results from and perpetuates gender inequality because women, unlike men, still pay the cost of parenthood with their careers.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: women lawyers, motherhood, legal profession, feminist jurisprudence, undesirable stereotypes, gender equality, careers, families
JEL Classification: K39, K49, L84, M14, M51working papers series
Date posted: June 14, 2009
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