Gender and Work: Precariousness and Inequality

Christine L. Williams, Megan Tobias Neely

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Over the past 30 years, the US labor market has undergone fundamental structural changes. In the past, loyal and hardworking employees could expect to spend their entire careers working for a single employer. But starting in the 1980s, globalization, deregulation, and the decline of unions transformed this standard employment contract between workers and employers. Today, employment has become more precarious, unstable, and insecure. This essay reviews the limited research on how the rise of precarious employment in the United States has impacted men and women. We also analyze the gender implications of policies designed to address precariousness, and set an agenda for future research on gender inequality and precarious work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences : An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource
EditorsStephen M. Kosslyn , Robert A. Scott, Marlis C. Buchmann
Place of PublicationHoboken, NJ
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Publication date2015
ISBN (Electronic)9781118900772
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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