Still working for the man? Women's employment experiences in Australia since 1950

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Title Still working for the man? Women's employment experiences in Australia since 1950
Author Strachan, Glenda Jean
Journal Name Australian Journal of Social Issues
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Abstract This article tackles the question of what is the 'good life' for women in employment in Australia through an examination of national legislation and policies. Since 1950 what has been seen as the good life has changed dramatically. The article outlines three phases of change: in the 1950s and 1960s men were regarded as the wage earners and women the homemakers, with women barred from some jobs and paid less than men; in the 1970s legislation and equal pay cases removed overt discrimination against women; from the mid 1980s the complexity of achieving equality for women at work was recognised through equal opportunity legislation, work and family policies and equal pay inquiries. In 2010 the 'good life' for women is having the same opportunities and outcomes in employment as men. While policy provisions support this, the reality of achieving this is difficult. So in 2010 many women are still 'working for the man' in the context that most managers are men.
Peer Reviewed Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 ACOSS. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 45
Issue Number 1
Page from 117
Page to 130
ISSN 0157-6321
Date Accessioned 2010-12-13
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Policy and Administration
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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