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Women's representation in 60 occupations from 1972 to 2010: more women in high-status jobs, few women in things-oriented jobs

Lippa, Richard A ; Preston, Kathleen ; Penner, John

PloS one, 2014, Vol.9(5), pp.e95960 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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    Women's representation in 60 occupations from 1972 to 2010: more women in high-status jobs, few women in things-oriented jobs
  • Author: Lippa, Richard A ; Preston, Kathleen ; Penner, John
  • Description: To explore factors associated with occupational sex segregation in the United States over the past four decades, we analyzed U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for the percent of women employed in 60 varied occupations from 1972 to 2010. Occupations were assessed on status, people-things orientation, and data-ideas orientation. Multilevel linear modeling (MLM) analyses showed that women increasingly entered high-status occupations from 1972 to 2010, but women's participation in things-oriented occupations (e.g., STEM fields and mechanical and construction trades) remained low and relatively stable. Occupations' data-ideas orientation was not consistently related to sex segregation. Because of women's increased participation in high-status occupations, occupational status became an increasingly weak predictor of women's participation rates in occupations, whereas occupations' people-things orientation became an increasingly strong predictor over time. These findings are discussed in relation...
  • Is Part Of: PloS one, 2014, Vol.9(5), pp.e95960
  • Identifier: E-ISSN: 1932-6203 ; PMID: 24788710 Version:1 ; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095960
  • Subjects: Social Class ; Women ; Occupations -- Statistics & Numerical Data
  • Language: English
  • Source: MEDLINE/PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

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