Women in the Workforce

  • Lorann Stallones
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-306-48113-0_4

Historically, women have been found working in six key tasks in a majority of societies: provision of food; care of the home; child care; nursing the sick; teaching; and manufacture of clothing. As women have moved into wage labor, they often have been found to perform these same activities in a commercial form, that is, tasks that are centered around care of and service to others. Vast numbers of women are found working as teachers, nurses, cleaners, and garment makers. Women also are likely to work indoors at work considered to be lighter than men’s work. Often the jobs involved are considered clean and safe and are physically undemanding, repetitive in nature, and boring. Some jobs require dexterity, but not skill; and often jobs lack mobility, with women working in one particular workstation for long hours. As a result of the perception that women are working in safe environments, studies have not focused on the hazards encountered in those work sites. The work of women has...


Sexual Harassment Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Occupational Injury Workplace Violence Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 
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