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Labor Market Outcomes in Urban Schools: The Role of Gender

in Women's Work?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780226660394
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226660417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226660417.003.0006
Labor Market Outcomes in Urban Schools: The Role of Gender

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The transformation in school organization was (naturally) most complete in urban schools. The availability of detailed personnel lists from several of the cities led the scholars to study the role of gender in the determination of salaries and administrative positions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While women came to dominate teaching per se, gender still functioned as a divide in terms of pay or access to decision-making authority; a portion of the lower salaries of female teachers and their relative underrepresentation in administrative posts cannot be explained by gender differences in experience or training, suggesting that maleness per se was still an attribute valued by school boards, at least in certain settings.

Keywords: urban schools; gender role; labor market; school organization; salaries; female teachers

Chapter.  5736 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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