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Family-Work Linkage in Terms of Professional Group and Gender: The Example of Female Train Drivers in France

Estelle Bonnet, Bruno Milly, Élise Verley

How do female train conductors in France deal with the merging of work and family life as it affects the professional group perspective? Occupational standards, along with a weak regulation structure prevent these women from asking for flexible work schedules that take into account their family constraints. However current feminization policies introduced into this male-dominated profession seem to be challenging traditional standards. New female train conductors do not request specific work arrangements, but they raise the issue of the linkage between work and family life, which has been until recently—if not a taboo—a major occupational constraint to be dealt with only by professionals.