- Examines how gender has shaped the meaning and performance of work. Throughout, the book links theory and evidence-statistics that summarise work outcomes for women and men, research about the effects of workers' sex on their jobs, and accounts of the experiences of real workers.
- Demonstrates the patterns of sex inequality and segregation as well as the gendered nature of contemporary workplace cultures. By putting evidence about the experiences of today's workers in historical perspective, the author's also highlight continuities with the past and illuminate change.
- Provides an extremely useful and critical summary of economic theories of gender differences in workplace rewards.
|What Work Is|
|Sex and Gender|
|The Sexual Division of Labor in Preindustrial Europe|
|The Industrial Revolution|
|The Sexual Divison of Paid and Unpaid Work|
|The Sexual Division of Labor Around the World|
|Sex Inequality in the Contemporary American Workplace|
|Explanations for Sex Inequality in the Workplace|
|Consequenses of Sex Segregation|
|A History of Sex Segregation in the United States|
|Trends in Sex Segregation|
|Explanations and Remedies for Sex Segregation|
|Women, Men, and Promotions|
|Women, Men, and Authority|
|Explanations and Remedies for the Promotion Authority Gaps|
|The Cost of Being Female|
|Explaning the Pay Gap|
|Employers' Discriminatory Actions|
|The Decline of the Stay-at-Home Wife and Mother|
|The Sexual Division of Labor and Work-Family Conflict|
|Responses to Work-Family Conflicts|