Date of Award

5-16-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Catherine Berheide

Second Reader

Penny Jolly

Abstract

Women face many challenges when they become mothers and decide to remain in the workforce. The choice of whether to remain in the workforce can be a hard decision for many mothers. With a reduced income, remaining at home can have an impact on the family's budget at a time when financial needs have increased with the addition of a new family member. Leaving the workforce can also have a long term impact on a woman's career. Remaining on the job has other challenges. Until social policies are created to support both women who have children and decide to stay home to raise their children and women who have children and decide to remain in the workforce, women will deal with these challenges.

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