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Gendered Jobs and Gendered Workers: Barriers to Gender Equity in Gendered Organizations

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Published: 2002

Author(s): Lindsay Payne

This paper, which received honorable mention in the 2002 award for Excellence in Canadian Work-Family Research, argues that workplace gender equality is no longer just a women's issue, but also a men's issue, and a business issue as well.

A campaign pursuing the equal rights of women in the public realm accompanied the rise of feminism in the latter half of the 20th century. As a result, gender equality within the workplace quickly became an issue of primary importance on the liberal feminist agenda. Although the majority of these efforts were focused on the attainment of equal opportunity, equal pay for work of equal value, and the equal treatment of women in the conventionally male domain of paid employment, the struggle for gender equality has grown significantly in the past two decades, and its advocates have grown in both scope and diversity. While the feminist movement was central in drawing attention to and challenging the dichotomy between home and work, new literatures surrounding fatherhood, men and masculinity(ies) and work-life balance have continued this line of questioning. Subsequently, the issue of gender equality within the workplace has become prominent on multiple agendas.

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