Introduction

The United States made substantial progress toward reducing gender inequality in the late twentieth century, not only thanks to the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s but also as an unintended consequence of the shift to a postindustrial economy. The gender gap in pay rates, for example, narro...

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Published in: On Gender, Labor, and Inequality p. 1
Main Author: RUTH MILKMAN
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Illinois Press 05-04-2016
Subjects:
Men
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Summary: The United States made substantial progress toward reducing gender inequality in the late twentieth century, not only thanks to the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s but also as an unintended consequence of the shift to a postindustrial economy. The gender gap in pay rates, for example, narrowed not only because unprecedented numbers of women gained entry to the elite professions and upper-level management starting in the 1970s, but also because real wages for male workers, especially those without a college education, fell sharply in that same period with de-industrialization and union decline. As manufacturing withered, the traditionally female-employing
DOI: 10.5406/j.ctt18j8wg9.5