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p. 364. Men’s work, women’s worklocked

  • Stephen Fineman


The Industrial Revolution provided women with more choices in the world of work. For a long time, however, women still regarded work as secondary. By the mid-19th century, these structures started to change with the sexual politics of the times, causing a separation of male and female workers. By the early 20th century, the all-female typing pool and all-male factory floor was firmly entrenched. ‘Men's work, women's work’ looks at gender segregation at work around the world and in the domestic setting. Who has benefited from the blurring of the gender divide at work? What occupations are still male- or female-dominated?

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