Women, Labor Segmentation and Regulation

Varieties of Gender Gaps

  • David Peetz
  • Georgina Murray

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Concepts

  3. Occupations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Georgina Murray, David Peetz, Olav Muurlink
      Pages 119-136
    3. Glenda Strachan, David Peetz, Kaye Broadbent, Janis Bailey, Gillian Whitehouse, Carolyn Troup
      Pages 155-174
    4. David Peetz, Georgina Murray, Mahan Poorhosseinzadeh
      Pages 175-191
  4. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. David Peetz, Georgina Murray
      Pages 235-255
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 257-271

About this book


This book re-shapes thinking on ‘gender gaps’—differences between men and women in their incomes, their employment and their conditions of work. It shows how the interaction between regulation distance and content, labor segmentation and norms helps us understand various aspects of gender gaps. 


It brings together leading authors from industrial relations, sociology, politics, and feminist economics, who outline the roles the family, state public policy, trade unions and class play in creating gender gaps, and consider the lessons from international comparisons.  While many studies have focused on the role of society or organizations, this book also pays attention to the role of occupations in promoting and reinforcing gender gaps, discussing groups such as apparel outworkers, film and video workers, care workers, public-sector professionals like librarians, chief executives, academics, and coal miners.


This book will be of interest to practitioners, policy makers, academics and students interested in understanding why inequality between men and women persists today—and what might be done about it.



Gender gaps Gender and work Labor segmentation Employment regulation Cross-national comparison of gender gaps

Editors and affiliations

  • David Peetz
    • 1
  • Georgina Murray
    • 2
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith University NathanAustralia

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