Rethinking the paradox: Tradeoffs in work-family policy and patterns of gender inequality

Hadas Mandel*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


On the basis of aggregated data from the most recent ISSP surveys and data from secondary sources, this paper analyzes a wide range of country-level indicators that reflect different dimensions of gender inequality and pertain to the economic position of women in different class situations. The findings reveal that indicators of gender inequality pertaining to women in different class positions are oppositely related to the scope and levels of family policy. Specifically, countries characterized by generous family policies tend to address gender equality among disadvantaged groups, while exhibiting an unequal pattern of gender inequality on indicators related to advantaged groups. By contrast, countries characterized by ungenerous family policies tend to advance equality on parameters related to advantaged groups but perform very poorly on parameters of gender inequality pertaining to disadvantaged groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-176
Number of pages18
JournalCommunity, Work and Family
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Class
  • Family-policy
  • Gender
  • Welfare-states


Dive into the research topics of 'Rethinking the paradox: Tradeoffs in work-family policy and patterns of gender inequality'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this