Like Mother, Like Daughter?

How Career Women Influence Their Daughters' Ambition

Jill Armstrong

Like Mother, Like Daughter?

Jill Armstrong

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447334088 Published December 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Does having a mother who is successful in her career benefit girls? Does it lead them to have higher aspirations for their own careers, and, if so, do those ambitions translate into career success?  Like Mother, Like Daughter? looks at these questions and more, using case studies of women who are at the tops of their fields and their daughters. What Jill Armstrong finds is that while many of the daughters end up following the same career path as their mothers, that can’t be traced to explicit mentoring, which turns out to be rare. She traces that reluctance to what she terms “quiet ambition”: a tendency for women to downplay their aspirations and achievements.
Contents
List of figures
Preface
One Mothers, daughters and careers
Two Well-mothered daughters?
Three A backlash against the way their mothers worked?
Four Career choice: like mother, like daughter
Five Quiet ambition
Six Daughters’ aspirations for working motherhood
Seven Working motherhood across generations
Eight Partners in parenting
Nine Making working motherhood work
Appendix 1: Study design and method
Appendix 2: Table of participants
References
Index
 
Review Quotes
Miriam David, University College London
"Armstrong’s study about pairs of mothers and daughters shines light on the intimate and private relations between such women. It illustrates quite simply the quiet ambitions of both generations, in its own modest but extremely approachable way."
Elisabeth Kelan, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University
"A fascinating study on change and continuity in intergenerational gender relations. This is a must-read!"
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