Recent evidence suggests that support for gender equality appears to be declining amid concern that women who play a full role in the work force do so at the expense of family life. Although this has been exacerbated by the economic downturn there were pre-recessionary signs of concerns that the welfare of children was being compromised when women find themselves with the double burden of employment and family care. These work-life balance issues are examined from the point of view of looking at how this characterised for women as a problem of authentic self-realisation in terms of working towards and achieving an optimum balance. This kind of dichotomisation allows for different aspects of the self to be pitted against each other: the professional career-orientated aspect and the personal relationship aspect. The paper argues that work-life balance discourse is counter-productive in that it reinforces the inequalities for women that it seeks to redress.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of MAC-EMMT 2014|
|Subtitle of host publication||The 3rd Multidisciplinary Academic Conference in Prague: Economics, Management and Marketing|
|Place of Publication||Prague|
|Publisher||MAC Prague consulting s.r.o.|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||Multidisciplinary Academic Conference on Economics, Management and Marketing - Novotel Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic|
Duration: 5 Dec 2014 → 6 Dec 2015
|Conference||Multidisciplinary Academic Conference on Economics, Management and Marketing|
|Abbreviated title||MAC-EMM 2014|
|Period||5/12/14 → 6/12/15|
Moir, J. (2014). Women and work-life balance: a case of austerity and authenticity. In Proceedings of MAC-EMMT 2014: The 3rd Multidisciplinary Academic Conference in Prague: Economics, Management and Marketing (1st ed.). MAC Prague consulting s.r.o..