Women and men at work

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Pine Forge Press, 1994 - Business & Economics - 218 pages
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In this comprehensive overview of a growing domain of research, Reskin and Padavic examine how gender has shaped the meaning and performance of work. Patterns of sex inequality and segregation as well as the gendered nature of contemporary workplace cultures are demonstrated. The authors provide an especially useful - and critical - summary of economic theories of gender differences in workplace rewards, such as earnings and authority, as well as an insightful discussion of the interpenetration of family and work life.

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Contents

Work and Gender
1
A History of Gendered Work
15
3 An Overview of Sex Inequality at Work
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About the author (1994)

Barbara Reskin is a Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and, when this book went to press, President of the American Sociological Association. As a student, she supported herself in a series of female-dominated clerical jobs in such disparate settings as radio and TV stations, trucking firms, temp agencies, insurance companies, and universities. The fact that most jobs for women were boring, low-paid and deadend encouraged her to get a PhD. Her research examines how workers’ sex, race, and ethnicity affect their work opportunities. She is especially interested in strategies that minimize discrimination, the focus of her most recent book, The Realities of Affirmative Action.  

Irene Padavic is an Associate Professor at Florida State University. Before becoming a professor, she worked in a variety of service-sector jobs: candy seller at a movie theater, waitperson, telephone solicitor, door-to-door promoter of real estate, paralegal, and marketing researcher. Her dissertation project provided experience in the industrial sector, where she worked as a coal-handler in a power plant. Her research has been in the areas of gender and work, race differences in campus peer culture, economic restructuring, and changes in childcare arrangements.