Gender and Sexuality in Male-Dominated Occupations

Women Working in Construction and Transport

  • Tessa Wright

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Tessa Wright
    Pages 1-16
  3. Tessa Wright
    Pages 199-220
  4. Tessa Wright
    Pages 221-254
  5. Tessa Wright
    Pages 255-274
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 275-287

About this book


Examining women’s diverse experiences of male-dominated work, this ground-breaking book explores what sexuality and gender means to women working in the construction and transport industries. Using accounts from heterosexual women and lesbians working in professional, manual and operational roles, Gender and Sexuality in Male-Dominated Occupations adopts an intersectional approach to examine advantage and disadvantage on the basis of gender, sexuality and occupational class in these sectors. Drawing on interviews and focus groups, the author examines why women choose to enter male-dominated industries, their experiences of workplace relations, their use of women’s support networks and trade unions, and the interface between home and work lives. Presenting international and UK-based examples of effective interventions to increase women’s participation in male-dominated work, this important book highlights the need for political will to tackle women’s underrepresentation, and suggests directions for the future.  


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Authors and affiliations

  • Tessa Wright
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business and ManagementQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-50134-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-50136-3
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