Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Document Type



Using qualitative data gathering and analysis, the current trend of professional women leaving workforce to rear their children full-time is examined. Women in the second generation to enter the labor force in large numbers indicate that there are factors that push them out of the workforce, such as a non-family friendly workplace, and factors that pull them back home, such as a profound need to rear their own children. While the transition from professional to stay-at-home mother is a complex process, the women in this study deal with this identity shift, and its attendant resistance, by framing their change in terms with which they are familiar: success and achievement. Through these lenses, they are able to reconstruct motherhood roles, using a combination of traditional gender normative expectations and new expectations based on changes in the social structure over the past twenty to thirty years.



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Committee Chair

Michael D. Grimes



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Sociology Commons