For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Between Feminism and Labor: The Significance of the Comparable Worth Movement

by Blum, Linda M (1991)

Key Passage

"Any evaluation of comparable worth is inextricably linked to a perspective on the existing sex segregation of the labor market. At one extreme is the position that women's choices of employment are constrained only by their own values and preferences, which differ from those of men. In this view, women are willing if unwitting victims of societal norms, as they are socialized to accept a marginal role in the workplace. At the other extreme is the position that large numbers of women are ready, willing, and able to enter male-dominated jobs but are prevented from doing so by the resistance of both employers and working men. In this view, low-paid women are unwilling victims of a coercive economic structure." p. 131 ()


Feminism, Pay Equity, Equality, Labor Movement, Organised Labour, American Context, Wage Gap, Gendered Work


Women and Work, Unionism

Links to Reference



How to contribute.