Australian government support for working mothers was minimal before the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s.
Most mothers want some continuity with their pre-maternal identity, to feel a sense of meaningful contribution to their society, and to enjoy their relationships with their children.
Neve Te Aroha Ardern, just three months old, discovers UN headquarters in New York with his father and mother, who holds the highest political office in New Zealand.
The media interest in the New Zealand leader, who gave birth this summer, is an illustration of the difficulties faced by women who choose to pursue a career without sacrificing their lives as mothers.
Preschool today, success tomorrow.
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Research suggests that government spending on very young children is a good investment.
New research shows just how key grandparents are to childcare.
Employers should be doing more to support breastfeeding mothers.
Employers must do more to support breastfeeding mothers who return to work.
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When it comes to children's well-being and development, it's not whether a woman works or not that matters but how she makes her choices work for her family.
Should I stay or should I go? More and more dads are staying at home.
The last recession put more men in the position of full-time child carers. How are they coping?
A lot to juggle.
A new £5m scheme to help women back to work after having children is welcome, but it's a drop in the ocean.
A pre-school class in Nairobi, Kenya.
Kenyans need to be wary of early learning centres that pressure children with academic drills.
High fees and independence make consultancy a popular option for professionals with families.
Women’s ability to work is severely constrained by the lack of child care facilities in urban slums.
For most women, participating in the labour force is dependent on whether they have adequate child care they can rely on.
Some countries make it easier than others for women to have a family and keep on working.
Moms are in a position to either encourage or discourage help from their spouses.
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Moms don't have to be designated worriers.
The impact of motherhood.
New research shows how complex the effect of lone parenting can be, even after children have grown up.
Even for couples who work full time, the burden of less fun forms of parenting, like changing diapers, often falls on the mother.
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It's one thing if you're a stay-at-home mom. But why aren't working dads equally sharing household duties with working moms?
Freeze your eggs or free your career?
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Subsidies for nannies could help retain skilled women in the workforce, but isn’t without pitfalls.
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