You can stand on your head and still end up with lower pay: gliding segregation and gendered work practices in Danish 'family-friendly' workplaces

Holt, Helle and Lewis, Suzan (2011) You can stand on your head and still end up with lower pay: gliding segregation and gendered work practices in Danish 'family-friendly' workplaces. Gender, Work & Organization, 18 (S1). pp. 202-221. ISSN 0968-6673

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00501.x

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Abstract

This article explores the process of gliding segregation in two Danish workplaces. We address the questions of how and why women and men at the same workplace, with the same levels of education, often end up doing different work tasks. Drawing on a gendered organization perspective and sense of entitlement theory we illustrate the processes whereby structural and cultural expectations place women in predictable and routine work, and men in more developmental work. We also show that the level of education makes a difference to women's sense of entitlement to developmental work, but that the discourse of family friendliness disadvantages women in the allocation of interesting and valued work tasks. The findings illustrate the resilience of gendered work practices and the importance of focusing on workplace interactions to explain this.

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Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
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