Working mothers: how much working, how much mothers, and where is the womanhood?

Mens Sana Monogr. 2009 Jan;7(1):63-79. doi: 10.4103/0973-1229.41799.


Motherhood confers upon a woman the responsibility of raising a child. This process also changes the way in which she is perceived in society and at her workplace. It can necessitate her to take more than available leave options, and job security can be at risk. Significant social and personal adjustments are necessary to cope with such a situation. A working mother, especially one who has the good fortune to be able to balance her home and work, enjoys the stimulation that a job or career provides. She develops the ability of raising a useful member of society and at the same time gains financial independence. Along with motherhood, work adds to the completeness of being a woman.

Keywords: Motherhood; Womanhood; Working mothers.