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Women and Men at Work

Women and Men at Work

Second Edition

July 2002 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Second Edition of this best selling book provides a comprehensive examination of the role that gender plays in work environments. This book differs from others by comparing women's and men's work status, addressing contemporary issues within a historical perspective, incorporating comparative material from other countries, recognizing differences in the experiences of women and men from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Relying on both qualitative and quantitative data, the authors seek to link social scientific ideas about workers' lives, sex inequality, and gender to the real-world workplace. This new edition contains updated statistics, timely cartoons, and presents new scholarship in the field. It also provides a renewed focus on reasons for variability in inequality across workplaces. In sum, the second edition of Women and Men at Work presents a contemporary perspective to the field, with relevant comparative and historical insights that will draw readers in and connect them to the wider concern of making sense of our dramatically changing world.

Work and Gender
What Work Is

Sex and Gender

Gendered Work


Gendered Work in Time and Place
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


An Overview of Sex Inequality at Work
Sex Inequality in the Contemporary American Workplace

Explanations for Sex Inequality in the Workplace


Sex Segregation 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


Moving Up and Taking Charge
Women, Men, and Promotions

Women, Men, and Authority

Explanations and Remedies for the Promotion Authority Gaps


Sex Differences in Earnings
The Cost of Being Female

Explaning the Pay Gap

Employers' Discriminatory Actions


Paid Work and Family Work
The Decline of the Stay-at-Home Wife and Mother

Work-Family Conflict

The Sexual Division of Labor and Work-Family Conflict

Responses to Work-Family Conflicts



a very useful text which examines the role of men and women at work in an accessible way

Miss Charlotte Jones
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
July 23, 2013

I used this textbook for the last two years (2011-spring 2013).

I appreciated the direct writing style and the humorous cartoons that lightened the subject matter for the students.

However, I plan to replace this book with the Volti book for the upcoming fall semester, 2013.

Dr J Dargan
Sociology Dept/History, North Carolina Central University
April 25, 2013
Key features
  1. Examines how gender has shaped the meaning and performance of work. Throughout, the book links theory and evidence—statistics that summarize work outcomes for women and men, research about the effects of workers' sex on their jobs, and accounts of the experiences of real workers.
  2. 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.
  3. Provides an extremely useful – and critical – summary of economic theories of gender differences in workplace rewards.
  4. Cartoons are scattered throughout the book to enhance the presentations with timely, humorous critiques. 

Sample Materials & Chapters

1. Work and Gender

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