I don't say the Bar's best interest, because I don't think we should attempt to deal with the profession of the law and how every member of the Bar is treated and make sure they don't get stuck on the mommy track
, or whatever.
We illustrate gendering processes in three organizational settings: show pieces (the token position of the few women in top functions), the mommy track (the side track into which many women with young children are shunted) and the importance of being asked (the gendered practices of career making).
The mommy track is a specific manifestation of a more general social practice concerning the offside-position, somehow atypical, employees.
The mommy track refers to the (re)allocation processes concerning women who want to combine paid work in the banks with unpaid care responsibilities (like child care) at home.
It is possible to be a career mom and avoid the mommy track.
I worry that too much stress on mommy tracks and daddy tracks will drain attention from the real problem and thus take top management "off the hook" by framing the problem as a parent problem, rather than a problem for the corporation.
I submit that these forms of everyday work flexibility are much more important than the more publicized forms such as mommy tracks or daddy tracks.
They've tried part-time, mommy track
, partner track, small firm, big firm, solo.
It doesn't matter that Deborah Eappen was on the medical mommy track
, working three days a week as an ophthalmologist and coming home to eat lunch and breastfeed.
When Felice Schwartz concocted the Mommy Track
, the real story was how few professional women wanted to get on it.