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Gender Division of Work and the Labour Market Re-entry of the Czech Women after the Parental Leave

Rodová deľba práce a návrat českých žien na trh práce po rodičovskej dovolenke

Heleny Tomešová Bartáková

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Rok, strany / Year, pages: 2010, 191-212

Jazyk / Language: \/slo

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Gender Division of Work and the Labour Market Re-entry of the Czech Women after the Parental Leave. This text takes up the question of the influence of gender roles and gender division of work in decisions of Czech women to return from parental leave to the labour market. This question stems from findings of contemporary literature, which illustrates that despite the changing gender roles in today's societies, women continue to carry the bulk of the burden of unpaid work (household chores and care). As such, the division of unpaid work between men and women is perceived as an important factor placing women at a disadvantage in the labour market, and as a factor limiting choices by women in relation to combining paid work and family. The objective of this text is to uncover what gender division of work is like in the Czech Republic as a post-communist country, what determines it, and particularly how women perceive it – whether they interpret it as an enforced division and as a barrier to a smooth (and timely) return to the labour market or whether gender division of work corresponds to their preferences and why. The analysis is based on qualitative interviews with women from different educational background since we assume to find differences between different educational groups. Sociológia 2010, Vol. 42 (No. 3: 191-212)

Gender Division of Work and the Labour Market Re-entry of the Czech Women after the Parental Leave. This text takes up the question of the influence of gender roles and gender division of work in decisions of Czech women to return from parental leave to the labour market. This question stems from findings of contemporary literature, which illustrates that despite the changing gender roles in today's societies, women continue to carry the bulk of the burden of unpaid work (household chores and care). As such, the division of unpaid work between men and women is perceived as an important factor placing women at a disadvantage in the labour market, and as a factor limiting choices by women in relation to combining paid work and family. The objective of this text is to uncover what gender division of work is like in the Czech Republic as a post-communist country, what determines it, and particularly how women perceive it – whether they interpret it as an enforced division and as a barrier to a smooth (and timely) return to the labour market or whether gender division of work corresponds to their preferences and why. The analysis is based on qualitative interviews with women from different educational background since we assume to find differences between different educational groups. Sociológia 2010, Vol. 42 (No. 3: 191-212)

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gender; division of work; labour market; parental leave

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