Date of Award

Spring 5-23-2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Amy Steinbugler

Language

English

Abstract

Beginning in the Winter of 2019, the coronavirus pandemic took over the world, drastically changing our day-to-day lives. This study focuses on how the pandemic inflated intensive mothering standards, disproportionately affecting women. Prior to the spread of this deadly virus, the majority of childcare demands fell onto the mother. Previous studies have shown that whether she worked in the compensated labor force or made childcare her full-time position, mothers were met with perpetual demands of family life. Now that every aspect of our world has been moved remotely, the amount of work and stress has increased exponentially. This study uses qualitative methods, primarily semi-structured interviews, to gain a better understanding of daily lives for mothers in the age of COVID-19. This research examines conflicting gender roles and stereotypes in an average day at home during the pandemic. These findings are compared to previous literature, including the motherhood mandate, the sociological imagination, and sex role theories regarding the concept of motherhood.

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