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Women and gender equity in employment: patterns, progresses and challenges

Perrons, Diane (2009) Women and gender equity in employment: patterns, progresses and challenges. Working papers (WP23). Institute for Employment Studies. ISBN 9781851844197

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Over the last forty years there has been a transformation in the gender composition of the UK workforce as women are increasingly likely to be in paid employment for the major part of their adult lives. Women have entered an increasing range of occupations and sectors and secured high level positions within some firms and organisations. Yet gender imbalances remain with respect to the scale and form of employment and in remuneration. In many ways the organisation of the workplace and the domestic division of labour retain the imprint of a male breadwinner society which presents a challenge to gender equity within employment and in society more generally. So despite progress concerns remain regarding employment segregation, the value of women’s work and the uneven division of domestic labour. These are recurring themes in the literature over the last forty years so the processes leading to these outcomes merit continued attention. This paper is divided into two sections: patterns and progress; and challenges and make some tentative recommendations by way of conclusion. It was commissioned by IES as part of its Visiting Fellows scheme, marking the Institute's 40th anniversary.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2011 09:38
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2020 23:05

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