Battle of the Bulge: The Impact of Pregnancy and Motherhood in the Workplace

By Julie Nunenmacher and Bobbie Schnepf.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Female experiences, such as becoming pregnant, and even sometimes marriage alone, may increase a woman’s disadvantage in the workplace. Mistreatment may result from various causes and occurs so frequently that it can become a stressful experience during a woman’s employment. This leads to a conflict in a woman’s expected role versus her financial independence and possibly her financial survival. Although the government and employers have attempted to enact more family-friendly policies, these policies often fail in preventing conflicts in work settings and in providing support for employees when the conflicts do arise. The United States seems to have fallen behind in offering more accommodating policies for families, while some European countries have realized how more family-friendly policies may benefit their communities.

Keywords: Maternity Leave, Discrimination, Feminist Theory, Pregnancy, Family Leave Act

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 11, pp.167-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 794.903KB).

Julie Nunenmacher

Instructor, Business Administration and Management Department, College of Business, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, USA

Julie Joiner Nunenmacher has taught communication and technology courses for over 10 years. She currently teaches Business Communication at Southeastern Louisiana University. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and a Master’s in Instructional Technology with a minor in Organizational Communication.

Bobbie Schnepf

Instructor, Business Administration and Management Department, College of Business, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, USA

Bobbie Gill Schnepf has taught business and technology courses for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and an MBA with a concentration in Management Information Systems and a minor in Organizational Communication.

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