Title

Working moms: Motherhood penalty or motherhood return?

Keywords

Motherhood penalty, Working women, Academic librarians, Gender wage gap, Motherhood return

Abstract

Among many professions, the gender wage gap is a very real and pertinent concern. Research has shown that this gap can be explained in part by the motherhood penalty, which consists of costs associated with the demands of motherhood in professional life. Using a sample of 808 female professional academic librarians, we investigated the motherhood penalty by examining differences between mothers (n = 343) and non-mothers (n = 465). Within this sample, we found that there were no penalties for mothers compared to non-mothers in regard to salary, position, and perceived well-being. Implications and avenues for future research are offered.

Original Publication Citation

Kelley, H., Galbraith, Q., & Strong, J. (2019). Working moms: Motherhood penalty or motherhood return?. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, In Press.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2020-1

Publisher

ScienceDirect

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

University Standing at Time of Publication

Staff/Researcher

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