Contents: Introduction: Do babies matter? Mothers on the fast track -- The "mother problem": up, out, or sidelined? -- The student years : eighteen to thirty-two -- The make-or-break years: thirty to forty -- Mothers' choices: staying the course, opting out, or dropping down -- The second tier -- Beyond the glass ceiling: forty to sixty-five and beyond -- Second chances for mothers on the fast track.
Contents: The dream team -- Family matters -- Home alone -- Gilded cages -- The choice gap -- Half-full, half-empty -- Mothers of re-invention -- Cocooning: the drift to domesticity -- Dreams and visions: getting there -- Appendix. Study methodology.
Contents: 1. Setting the stage -- 2. Work and family trends -- 3. Trends in the care of children -- 4. Maternal employment and the family environment -- 5. Effects of child care -- 6. Parental employment and adolescent development -- 7. Effects of welfare reform -- 8. Public policies to support working families -- 9. Findings and next steps.
February 2007, Vol. 130, No. 2 Trends in labor force participation of married mothers of infants by Sharon R. Cohany and Emy Sok, Economists, Division of Labor Force Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Following a long-term advance, the labor force activity of married mothers of infants began to decline in the late 1990s for a variety of demographic groups and since 2000 has been relatively stable.