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

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

chapter 3|15 pages

Managing Wollstonecraft’s Dilemma

Matriarchs in the Nigerian broadcast news media and the politics of childcare

chapter 5|14 pages

The mother of a famous child

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

part 2|50 pages

Intersectionality and media mothers

part 4|36 pages

Solutions for better futures

chapter 13|16 pages

Negotiating motherhood

The search for solutions