Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Catherine Berheide

Second Advisor

Penny Jolly


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.