Barselsrelaterede opsigelser, balance eller dilemma?

Marlene Røddik

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The title of the master thesis addresses the problem in today’s society, where many women resign their jobs during maternity leave. The master thesis seeks to understand the problem and what it indicates, on an individual level (the woman), and at a society level.
The problem statement of this study is:
How do women experience resignation of their jobs during maternity leave? How do the normative social structures influence the women’s decision, and how does pregnancy and maternity leave affect their working lives?
The scientific theory for the master thesis is critical theoretical research. It contains existing quantitative data and adds a qualitative study. The qualitative study was conducted as semi structured interviews with 7 women who all resigned their jobs during maternity leave.
Key points
When women have children, it changes their working lives. The women typically experience ambivalence because they are met with conflicting demands from their family life and their working life. For women, it creates a conflict between work and children, forcing women to make a unilateral choice. The master thesis illustrates that the women’s individual conflicts are reflected at the level of today’s society; the ambivalence between production and reproduction.
When women resign as part of their maternity leave, it can be seen as both a solution and a problem. Women resign as a solution to the situation, where they find it impossible to reconcile work and family life. On a higher structural level of society, this at the same time, can be viewed as a problem, because the contradictory demands on women are part of the social normative structures that lead to an irresolvable conflict. This type of resignation is thus a tacit dilemma for society, as the women do not address the paradox by combining work and family life; they simply resign.

UddannelserArbejdslivsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 sep. 2019
Antal sider65
VejledereAnders Jakobsen


  • Barsel
  • Opsigelser
  • Ambivalensbegrebet
  • Dilemma
  • Modstridende krav
  • Kritisk teori
  • Magtstruktur
  • Jobskifte
  • Arbejdsliv
  • interdependens