Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 121–136 | Cite as

Beyond the Mommy Track: The Influence of New-Concept Part-Time Work for Professional Women on Work and Family

  • E. Jeffrey Hill
  • Vjollca K. Märtinson
  • Maria Ferris
  • Robin Zenger Baker


This study investigates how the option for new-concept part-time work influences the ability of mothers of preschool children working in professional occupations to successfully integrate work and family responsibilities while maintaining career opportunities. Data are from a subset of the 1996 IBM Work and Life Issues Survey in the United States (n = 687). Compared to their counterparts who worked full time, mothers who worked in these part-time positions reported significantly greater work-family balance and did not report significantly less career opportunity. The part-time group reported 47% fewer work hours and 41% lower income than the full-time group. These data support the notion that new-concept part-time work is a viable option to assist women in professional careers to successfully integrate their family career. Implications of these findings are presented.

job flexibility part-time work professional women work-family work/life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Jeffrey Hill
    • 1
  • Vjollca K. Märtinson
    • 1
  • Maria Ferris
    • 2
  • Robin Zenger Baker
    • 3
  1. 1.Brigham Young UniversityProvo
  2. 2.IBM Global Workforce DiversityCary
  3. 3.Boston UniversityBelmont

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