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mommy track

n.
A career path determined by work arrangements offering mothers certain benefits, such as flexible hours, but usually providing them with fewer opportunities for advancement.

mommy track

n
US a path in life in which a woman devotes most of her time to her children and home rather than to her career

mom′my track`


n.
a path of career advancement for women who are willing to forgo some promotions and pay increases so that they can spend more time with their children.
[1985–90]
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To be sure, nitpickers and moralists across the political spectrum will find fault with his proposals, which cover, among other things: family planning; birth control; abortion; changes in tax laws to benefit "stay-at-home" parents; the creation of "mommy tracks" and "daddy tracks" in the workplace; paid parental leave; flexible work hours; and a professional advertisement campaign attacking illegitimacy and divorce, aimed at making the desirability of two-parent families a public health issue.
I worry that too much stress on mommy tracks and daddy tracks will drain attention from the real problem and thus take top management "off the hook" by framing the problem as a parent problem, rather than a problem for the corporation.
I submit that these forms of everyday work flexibility are much more important than the more publicized forms such as mommy tracks or daddy tracks.