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

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Holt, H. and Lewis, S. 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 and Organization. 18 (S1), pp. 202-221. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00501.x
TypeArticle
TitleYou can stand on your head and still end up with lower pay: gliding segregation and gendered work practices in Danish 'family-friendly' workplaces
AuthorsHolt, H. and Lewis, S.
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.

PublisherBlackwell
JournalGender, Work and Organization
ISSN0968-6673
Publication dates
PrintMay 2011
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Jan 2012
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00501.x
LanguageEnglish
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