Women, Work, and Family
How Companies Thrive with a 21st-Century Multicultural Workforce
by Michele A. Paludi, Editor
July 2014, 279pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0309-3
$53, £40, 45€, A76
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Gender bias in the workplace—the glass ceiling—still limits women’s ascent.

A sweeping collection of new essays gathers historical background, theoretical perspectives, and the latest research on integrating work and personal life in a multigenerational workforce.

A half-century after the women’s movement of the 1960s, women still have not achieved equality in the workplace, in part because the burdens of family still fall largely upon their shoulders. This in-depth review examines legislation, social-science research, and human resources management practices dealing with women’s integration of work and life roles. It explores the context and theory that explain new workplace trends and realities, and it offers practical recommendations on how women and companies can cope.

The book is based on the premise that to attract and retain top talent and be competitive in the 21st century, employers must redesign their organizations to meet the needs of employees. A sort of “paper mentor” for women, it spells out the myths and realities of combining employment with motherhood and a committed relationship. The expert essays are also a guide for corporations, intended to help them understand the necessity of easing women’s burdens—and nurturing their talent—through attention to work hours and to policies that can facilitate the integration of work and life roles.


  • Provides insights into 21st-century work/life integration and multigenerational workforce issues and trends
  • Discusses organizational responses to these trends and offers strategies employers can use to help female employees integrate work and life responsibilities
  • Shares best practices from human resource specialists, labor attorneys, and employers for meeting the demands of the 21st-century workforce
  • Identifies organizations that will assist women in integrating work and family roles
  • Includes first-person accounts by women—managers and non-managers—of workplace strategies that have proven effective for them
Michele A. Paludi, PhD, is president of Human Resources Management Solutions and a developmental psychologist who specializes in career development and the psychology of workplaces. She is series editor for Praeger's series Women's Psychology and Women and Careers in Management. Paludi is coeditor of Women as Transformational Leaders: From Grassroots to Global Interests and Psychology of Women, both published by Praeger, and is also author, editor, or coeditor of 15 other Praeger titles.


"The book's 19 chapters do indeed weave a rich tapestry, making this volume appealing for students, academic professionals, and women in the workplace. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above."—Choice, January 1, 2015
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