Caitlyn Collins

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Caitlyn Collins

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Collins’ research examines the production and consequences of social inequality. Her current research explores gender inequality in the workplace and in family life. A book based on this research,  Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving was published February 2019 with Princeton University Press. Her research for the book included  a cross-national interview study of 135 working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the United States. These four countries offer distinct policy approaches to reconciling work-family conflict. She examine how different ideals of gender, motherhood, and employment are embedded in these policies, and how they shape the daily lives of working mothers in these countries. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation, American Association of University Women, and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


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How America’s family-hostile policies are hurting women and children

How America’s family-hostile policies are hurting women and children

When it comes to family-friendly policies, the United States lags far behind most European countries — and practically every other industrialized nation. But work-family conflicts don’t need to be an inevitable feature of contemporary American life, suggests a new book by Caitlyn Collins, a sociologist at Washington University in St. Louis.


In her new book, “Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving,” sociologist Caitlyn Collins argues that big changes in U.S. policies and cultural attitudes are necessary to bring work-life balance to America’s working mothers and their families.

Making Motherhood Work

How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving

The work-family conflict that mothers experience today is a national crisis. Women struggle to balance breadwinning with the bulk of parenting, and stress is constant. Social policies don’t help. Of all Western industrialized countries, the United States ranks dead last for supportive work-family policies: No federal paid parental leave. The highest gender wage gap. No […]