Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten

Second Advisor

Dr. Gail Landberg

Third Advisor

Linda Lumley


This paper presents an analysis of maternity rights and regulations within the context of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. First, I will define the legislation while observing the sociological and historical significance of the legislation. Second, I will analyze maternity leave policies of the modern working environment and address the increasing involvement of women within the workforce. Finally, I will examine the needs that are unmet within current policies and the possible alternatives.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access