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Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs


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Young working mothers are not the only ones who are struggling to balance family life and careers. Many middle-aged American women face this dilemma as they provide routine childcare for their grandchildren while pursuing careers and trying to make ends meet. Employment among middle-aged women is at an all-time high. In the same way that women who reduce employment hours when raising their young children experience reductions in salary, savings, and public and private pensions, the mothers of those same women, as grandmothers, are rearranging hours to take care of their grandchildren, experiencing additional loss of salary and reduced old age pension accumulation. Madonna Harrington Meyers Grandmothers at Work, based primarily on 48 in-depth interviews conducted in 2009-2012 with grandmothers who juggle working and minding their grandchildren, explores the strategies of, and impacts on, working grandmothers.

While all of the grandmothers in Harrington Meyers book are pleased to spend time with their grandchildren, many are readjusting work schedules, using vacation and sick leave time, gutting retirement accounts, and postponing retirement to care for grandchildren. Some simply want to do this; others do it in part because they have more security and flexibility on the job than their daughters do at their relatively new jobs. Many are sequential grandmothers, caring for one grandchild after the other as they are born, in very intensive forms of grandmothering. Some also report that they are putting off retirement out of economic necessity, in part due to the amount of financial help they are providing their grandchildren. Finally, some are also caring for their frail older parents or ailing spouses just as intensively. Most expect to continue feeling the pinch of paid and unpaid work for many years before their retirement. Grandmothers at Work provides a unique perspective on a phenomenon faced by millions of women in America today.

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Madonna Harrington Meyer is Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence and Professor of Sociology at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is editor of Care Work: Gender, Labor, and the Welfare State and co-author of Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age.

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Meyer, Madonna Harrington
New York University Press
Madonna Harrington Harrington Meyer
Harrington Meyer, Madonna
Harrington Meyer, Madonna Harrington
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Sociology-Children and Family
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