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Affirmative Action and Pay Equity

  • Barbara R. Bergmann

Abstract

If women are to achieve a position in the labor market on a par with men’s, the inclusion of women workers into all occupations in fair numbers is vital. A continued failure to achieve full integration by sex in all jobs would continue to rob young women of a chance to choose from a full range of occupations the one most congenial to their talents and have access to jobs with fair pay. Only when women have a fair share in the roles that men occupy within each workplace will men and women have the habit of interacting as equals. The achievement of integration of job titles will change the duties and improve the status of women workers.

Keywords

Affirmative Action Truck Driver Woman Worker Occupational Segregation Market Wage 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    Peter C. Robertson, “Why the Bosses Like to be Told to Hire Minorities,” Washington Post, November 10, 1985, p. D1.Google Scholar
  2. See also Barbara R. Bergmann, In Defense of Affirmative Action (New York: Basic Books, 1996).Google Scholar
  3. 2.
    Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Women in Law (New York: Basic Books, 1981).Google Scholar
  4. See also Rosabeth Kantor, Men and Women of the Corporation (New York: Basic Books, 1977).Google Scholar
  5. 3.
    This has been well documented in the case of Great Britain in Rosemary Crompton and Gareth Jones, White Collar Proletariat (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 13.
    Robert G. Gregory and Ronald C. Duncan, “The Relevance of Segmented Labor Market Theories: The Australian Experience of the Achievement of Equal Pay for Women,” Journal of Post Keynesian Economics 3 (spring 1981): 404–428.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Barbara R. Bergmann 2005

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