Ingredients for Women's Employment Policy

Edited by Christine Bose & Glenna Spitze

Subjects: Women's Studies
Series: SUNY series on Women and Work
Paperback : 9780887064210, 296 pages, April 1987
Hardcover : 9780887064203, 296 pages, April 1987

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Table of contents

Christine Bose and Glenna Spitze
Christine Bose and Glenna Spitze

I. Structural and Historical Trends

1. Status Hierarchies and Sex Segregation
Barbara F. Reskin and Patricia A. Roos
2. Intraindustry Occupational Recomposition and Gender Inequality in Earnings
Marta Tienda and Vilma Ortiz
3. The Increase of Black and White Women in the Professions: A Contradictory Process
Natalie J. Sokoloff
4. Employment for Professional Black Women in the Twentieth Century
Elizabeth Higginbotham
5. Women, Labor Migration and Household Work: Japanese American Women in the Pre-War Period
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
6. Young Women's Choice of Nontraditional Occupations
Sue E. Berryman and Linda J. Waite

II. Policy and Change Strategies

7. Union Stewards and Women's Employment Conditions
Pamela Roby
8. Equitable Compensation: Methodological Criteria for Comparable Worth
Ronnie Steinberg and Lois Haignere
9. Sex Bias in Job Evaluation: A Comparable Worth Issue
Joan Acker
10. On the Edge: Marginal Women Workers and Employment Policy
Diana M. Pearce
11. Undoing Discrimination: Job Integration and Comparable Worth
William T. Bielby and James N. Baron

III. Commentary

12. Comparable Worth, Gender and Human Capital Theory
Joan Smith
13. Changes in Labor Force Opportunities: An Appraisal
Francine D. Blau
14. Comparable Worth: The Relationship of Method and Politics
Roslyn L. Feldberg
15. Comparable Worth and Women's Economic Independence
Heidi I. Hartmann
16. In Praise of Useable Research for an Action Agenda
Cynthia H. Chertos

Contributor's Notes


Ingredients for Women's Employment Policy gathers together the ideas of sociologists and economists, including both quantitative and qualitative research. Basic descriptive data gathered over the last ten to fifteen years of labor force research and affirmative action legislation indicates high rates of occupational segregation, continuing gender differentials in earnings, and inequitable divisions of household labor. This book represents an important reassessment of the complex mechanisms through which labor markets are transformed and investigates the issue of whether there has been any real progress in eradicating inequality. Each chapter assesses the likely effects of alternative policy strategies in women's employment.

Christine Bose is Associate Professor of Sociology and former Director of Women's Studies at State University of New York at Albany. She is the author of Jobs and Gender: A Study of Occupational Prestige and co-editor of the forthcoming Hidden Aspects of Women's Work. Glenna Spitze is Associate Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor in the Women's Studies Program at State University of New York at Albany. She is the co-author of Sex Stratification: Children Housework and Jobs and co-editor of Women and Politics: Activism, Attitudes, and Office-holding.


"This collection of essays on women's employment makes an important contribution to the field of women and work. Although the articles cover a wide range of subjects (labor migration, union leadership, occupational segregation, the gender gap in earnings, underemployment and unemployment, and the many issues raised by comparable worth), they form an admirably coherent whole which contributes to a high level of analysis. Collectively the essays keep at the forefront an examination of the structure of the labor market, especially occupational segregation, and use gender as a conceptual framework rather than focusing on the special experiences of women in various occupations and settings. This book represents the latest and most fruitful thinking in a field which is of direct interest not only to academics and scholars, but to everyone concerned with the latest developments in women's increased participation in the labor force. " — Carole Turbin, Empire State College