This article focuses on combining professional development and family which affects the female world in a powerful way. The first part presents a comparison between some European countries and the Italian regions based on indicators from the labor market and the level of education among women. The next part analyses some indicators on maternity care services, highlighting the different European models. The article concludes with a logistic regression on the micro-data from the Italian Labor Forces and reflections on policies to promote family-work management.
Keywords: Work life balance, female employment, labour policies, family poli-cies, fertility rates