Job Queues, Gender Queues: Explaining Women's Inroads Into Male Occupations

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Temple University Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 402 pages
Since 1970, women have made widely publicized gains in several customarily male occupations. Many commentators have understood this apparent integration as an important step to sexual equality in the workplace. Barbara F. Reskin and Patricia A. Roos read a different lesson in the changing gender composition of occupations that were traditionally reserved for men. With persuasive evidence, Job Queues, Gender Queues offers a controversial interpretation of women's dramatic inroads into several male occupations based on case studies of "feminizing" male occupation. The authors propose and develop a queuing theory of occupations' sex composition. This theory contends that the labor market comprises a "gender queue" with employers preferring male to female workers for most jobs. Workers also rank jobs into a "job queue." As a result, the highest-ranked workers monopolize the most desirable jobs. Reskin and Roos use this queuing perspective to explain why several male occupations opened their doors to women after 1970. The second part of the book provides evidence for this queuing analysis by presenting case studies of the feminization of specific occupations. These include book editor, pharmacist, public relations specialist, bank manager, systems analyst, insurance adjuster, insurance salesperson, real estate salesperson, bartender, baker, and typesetter/compositor.

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Occupational Sex Segregation Persistence and Change
Queueing and Changing Occupational Composition
Consequences of Desegregation Occupational Integration and Economic Equity?
Case Studies of Occupational Change
Culture Commerce and Gender The Feminization of Book Editing Barbara F Reskin
Industrial and Occupational Change in Pharmacy Prescription for Feminization Polly A Phipps
Keepers of the Corporate Image Women in Public Relations Katharine M Donato
High Finance Small Change Womens Increased Representation in Bank Management Chloe E Bird
Women behind Bars The Feminization of Bartending Linda A Detman
Baking and Baking Off Deskilling and the Changing Sex Makeup of Bakers Thomas Steiger Barbara F Reskin
HotMetal to Electronic Composition Gender Technology and Social Change Patricia A Roos
Summary Implications and Prospects
Guidelines Used for Occupational Case Studies
Name Index

Programming for Change? The Growing Demand for Women Systems Analysts Katharine M Donato
Womens Gains in Insurance Sales Increased Supply Uncertain Demand Barbara J Thomas
A Womans Place Is Selling Homes Occupational Change and the Feminization of Real Estate Sales Barbara J Thomas Barbara F Reskin
Occupational Resegregation among Insurance Adjusters and Examiners Polly A Phipps
Subject Index
About the Authors

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About the author (2009)

Barbara Reskin is Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois and Vice President of the American Sociological Association. She has published several books, including Women's Work, Men's Work: Sex Segregation on the Job (co-authored with Heidi Hartmann).

Patricia A. Roos is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University and author of Gender and Work: A Comparative Analysis of Industrial Societies.

Contributors: Case Studies by Katharine M. Donato, Polly A. Phipps, Barbara J. Thomas, Chloe E. Bird, Linda A. Detman, and Thomas Steiger.

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