Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women

Paperback | February 1, 1992

byClaudia Goldin

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Women have entered the labor market in unprecedented numbers, yet these critically needed workers still earn less than men and have fewer opportunities for advancement. This study traces the evolution of the female labor force in America, addressing the issue of gender distinction in theworkplace and refuting the notion that women's employment advances were a response to social revolution rather than long-run economic progress. Employing innovative quantitative history methods and new data series on employment, earnings, work experience, discrimination, and hours of work, itestablishes that the present economic status of women evolved gradually over the last two centuries and that past conceptions of women workers persist.

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Women have entered the labor market in unprecedented numbers, yet these critically needed workers still earn less than men and have fewer opportunities for advancement. This study traces the evolution of the female labor force in America, addressing the issue of gender distinction in theworkplace and refuting the notion that women's em...

Claudia Goldin is at Harvard University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 6.18 × 9.17 × 0.59 inPublished:February 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195072707

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Table of Contents

1. Women's Experience in the American Economy2. The Evolution of the Female Labor Force3. The Gender Gap in Earnings and Occupations4. The Emergence of "Wage Discrimination"5. The Changing Economic Role of Married Women6. Why Did Change Take So Long?7. The Political Economy of Gender8. Economic Progress and Gender EqualityAppendix to Chapter 2: Correction to the c. 1860 Female Labor Force Participation RatesData AppendixNotesReferencesIndex

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"Goldin's multifaced exploration of the female labor force over the past two centuries sheds light on the direction for future research."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History