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Revista Brasileira de Orientação Profissional

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FIORIN, Pascale Chechi; OLIVEIRA, Clarissa Tochetto de  and  DIAS, Ana Cristina Garcia. Women's perceptions regarding the relation between work and motherhood. Rev. bras. orientac. prof [online]. 2014, vol.15, n.1, pp. 25-35. ISSN 1679-3390.

The aim of this study was to investigate the meaning of paid work and its relation to motherhood among women. Seven women workers, with and without children, were interviewed. The information was submitted to content analysis. Two categories were identified: the meaning of paid work and the relation between paid work and motherhood. It was possible to verify that the professional career contributes to the economic and emotional independency of the women interviewed, besides enabling new social relationships. Moreover, the women tended to understand motherhood as a sacrifice, since they would need to give up their professional career temporarily to take care of their child. We conclude that home chores equally divided between the couple might contribute to women in their professional growth, without giving up motherhood.

Keywords : labour; motherhood; gender.

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