This interdisciplinary and international volume offers an innovative and critical exploration of the impact of motherhood on the engagement of women in media and creative industries across the globe. Diverse contributions critically engage with the intersections and overlap between the social categories of worker and mother, and the work of media production and maternal caregiving.

Conflicting ideas about, and expectations of, mothers are untangled in the context of the working world of radio, film, television and creative media industries. The book teases out commonalities between experiences that are evident across a number of countries, from Hollywood to Bollywood, as well as examining the differences between class, religion, maternal status and cultural frameworks that surround working mothers in various nation states. It also offers some possibilities for ways forward that can improve the lives of women workers who are also mothers.

A timely and valuable contribution to international debates on equality, mothers and motherhood in audiovisual industries, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of media, communication, cultural studies and gender, programmes engaged with work inequalities and motherhood studies, and activists, funders, policymakers and practitioners.

chapter 1|10 pages

Motherhood and media work

An introduction
BySusan Liddy, Anne O’ Brien

part Part 1|66 pages

Who cares in screen production?

chapter 2|17 pages

Inequality, invisibility and inflexibility

Mothers and carers navigating careers in the Australian screen industries
BySheree K. Gregory, Deb Verhoeven

chapter 3|15 pages

Managing Wollstonecraft’s Dilemma

Matriarchs in the Nigerian broadcast news media and the politics of childcare
ByGaniyat Tijani-Adenle

chapter 4|18 pages

Representing and experiencing motherhood on- and off-screen in Swedish film

ByMaria Jansson, Louise Wallenberg

chapter 5|14 pages

The mother of a famous child

The media representation of Shirley Temple’s ‘Mother’ in Hollywood, 1934–1940
ByTsz Lam Ngai

part Part 2|50 pages

Intersectionality and media mothers

chapter 6|16 pages

Negotiating motherhood in the Colombian audiovisual industry

A matter of capital
ByAlejandra Castano-Echeverri, Andrés Correa-González

chapter 7|16 pages

The future of Muslim women behind the scenes of the Malaysian TV industry

ByNur Kareelawati Abd Karim

chapter 8|16 pages

British television production and women without children

Exclusionary practice in the turn to care
ByRowan Aust

part Part 3|49 pages

Stigma, subjectivity and celebrity

chapter 11|16 pages

Bollywood mothers

Work-life imbalance
ByViraj Suparsad

part Part 4|36 pages

Solutions for better futures

chapter 12|18 pages

The gendered practice of the TV opt-out

ByPerelandra Beedles

chapter 13|16 pages

Negotiating motherhood

The search for solutions
BySusan Liddy, Anne O’ Brien