Feminist Ideas on Gender Inequality

Outlines and briefly evaluates feminist theories on gender inequality.

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Liberal Feminist
Equal rights for all humans; gender inequalities are socially constructed. Women operate a dual labour system. Barron and Norris: two employment sectors. Zimmerman: women are less committed to work.
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Liberal Feminist (evaluation)
More women now work in the primary sector, but they do not have as many perks or responsibilities as men.
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Marxist-Femimist
Sexism is a product of capitalism. Beechey argued that women are in the reserve army of labour. By not paying women to do domestic labour, capitalists get two workers for the price of one.
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Marxist-Feminist (evaluation)
Women are no longer temporarily in the labour market; doesn't explain horizontal segregation; deterministic; women are merely more likely to be in less secure positions than easy to hire and fire.
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Radical Feminist
Stanko: women's place in the labour market is a direct result of women's exploitation. Men use violence and intimidation to prevent women rising within the labour market. Pringle: secretaries are sexualised, undervalued, overlooked for promotion.
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Radical Feminist (evaluation)
Crompton: female trade union membership has increased. Walby: patriarchy does not start in the home, and women's place in the workplace is also affected by other factors e.g. capitalism and racism.
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More women now work in the primary sector, but they do not have as many perks or responsibilities as men.

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Liberal Feminist (evaluation)

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Sexism is a product of capitalism. Beechey argued that women are in the reserve army of labour. By not paying women to do domestic labour, capitalists get two workers for the price of one.

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Women are no longer temporarily in the labour market; doesn't explain horizontal segregation; deterministic; women are merely more likely to be in less secure positions than easy to hire and fire.

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Stanko: women's place in the labour market is a direct result of women's exploitation. Men use violence and intimidation to prevent women rising within the labour market. Pringle: secretaries are sexualised, undervalued, overlooked for promotion.

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