How employment affects women's gender attitudes. The workplace as a locus of contextual effects

Lee Ann Banaszak, Jan E. Leighley

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Abstract

This paper explores how women's employment context affects their attitudes towards the women's movement. Previous research finds a relationship between employment and gender attitudes. We examine three mechanisms which might account for this relationship: the social status of some occupations provides specific benefits which cause women to adopt more non-traditional attitudes; employment experiences such as entering the workforce and working in a non-traditional occupation increase feminist attitudes; and, the social networks and context acquired through employment alter traditional sex-role attitudes. A regression analysis of survey data from South Bend, Indiana, finds that experiences in male-dominated jobs and social networks with employed women significantly increase support for the women's movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-185
Number of pages12
JournalPolitical Geography Quarterly
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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