Cover: Working women and "women's work": a demographic perspective on the breakdown of sex roles

Working women and "women's work": a demographic perspective on the breakdown of sex roles

Published 1976

by Peter A. Morrison, Judith P. Wheeler

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback5 pages $20.00

Examines several recent demographic trends that furnish insights into changing views of women's roles and family arrangements among young people: (1) the rising proportion of women (especially wives with young children) in the labor force, (2) their increasing representation in traditionally "male" occupations, (3) later age at first marriage, (4) the increasing incidence of "nonfamily" living arrangements, and (5) the decline in family size expectations. These trends indicate a weakening of sex-role stereotypes and greater flexibility in family living arrangements. The present younger generation has been steeped in ideas of sexual equality and, in turn, promotes them. This change may eventually stimulate the development of a whole new industry--the housework industry--and the desexing of "woman's work" thanks, ironically, to women working. 5 pp.

This report is part of the RAND paper series. The paper was a product of RAND from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.