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Still Working for the Man?: Women's Employment Experiences in Australia since 1950

Australian Journal of Social Issues, The
Volume 45 Issue 1 (Autumn 2010)

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.

To cite this article: Strachan, Glenda. Still Working for the Man?: Women's Employment Experiences in Australia since 1950 [online]. Australian Journal of Social Issues, The, Vol. 45, No. 1, Autumn 2010: 117-130. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=077402344220583;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 0157-6321. [cited 27 Sep 16].

Personal Author: Strachan, Glenda; Source: Australian Journal of Social Issues, The, Vol. 45, No. 1, Autumn 2010: 117-130 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0157-6321 Subject: Labor laws and legislation; Discrimination in employment; Women employees; Women--Employment; Equal pay for equal work; History; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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