Making and Breaking Gender Inequalities in Work

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Making and Breaking Gender Inequalities in Work

9781035337460 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mia Rönnmar, Professor of Private Law and Past-President of ILERA (the International Labour and Employment Relations Association), Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden and Susan Hayter, Senior Adviser to the Deputy Director-General, International Labour Office, Switzerland
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03533 746 0 Extent: c 208 pp
This timely book expertly analyses the persistence of gender inequalities in work. Despite the progress made through frameworks regulating work and employment relations, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed and exacerbated gender divides in labour markets. The authors present innovative ways to promote gender equality in a variety of industrial relations systems, welfare state models and labour market sectors.

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This timely book expertly analyses the persistence of gender inequalities in work. Despite the progress made through frameworks regulating work and employment relations, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed and exacerbated gender divides in labour markets. The authors present innovative ways to promote gender equality in a variety of industrial relations systems, welfare state models and labour market sectors.

Making and Breaking Gender Inequalities in Work offers a rich, global and comparative study of this critical topic, addressing developments in formal and informal economies in countries with different levels of economic development. Mia Rönnmar and Susan Hayter have carefully selected expert contributors who apply an interdisciplinary approach and combine a range of theories and methodologies to provide fresh insights on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on how to tackle gender inequalities in areas such as work–life balance, equality law, global value chains and collective bargaining.

Illustrating the key issues in the subject, this book is an excellent resource for academic researchers and scholars in the fields of industrial relations, work and employment relations, gender studies and equality, labour and international law. Policymakers and employers’ and workers’ organizations at the national, regional and international levels will also find the analysis informative and enlightening.
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‘Conceived during the coronavirus pandemic, this erudite volume by feminist industrial relations experts explores the enduring gender inequalities at work and the governance mechanisms devised to address them. Spanning the Global South and North and formal and informal work, it makes an important contribution to developing equitable and socially sustainable work.’
– Judy Fudge, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

‘This timely volume brings together leading feminist scholars to analyze the causes and potential labor governance solutions to persistent patterns of gender inequities in the world of work, inequities that were greatly exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a broad array of case studies across countries and sectors, it makes an important contribution to our understanding of efforts to achieve social justice at work.’
– Mark Anner, Penn State University, US

‘This book provides an extremely insightful comparative analysis of persistent gender inequalities across the globe with contributions from teams of leading scholars. Especially noteworthy is the book’s examination of how COVID increased inequalities while revealing the limits of current remedial policies. While there have been modest gains through measures such as gender equality collective bargaining and various legislative initiatives, the book pointedly shows how much more needs to be done to fully eliminate inequalities and provide broad access to work–life balance. It is a must read for both researchers and policy-makers.’
– Harry C. Katz, International Labor and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) and Cornell University, New York, US

‘Women’s contribution to sustaining societies and economies is more important than ever. As governments grapple with economic and social crises, as populations age and workforces feminise, as care needs for children, the elderly and those with a disability grow, questions about how best to respond to these challenges are ever present. This book provides thorough research, analyses and reflections that are made for the times. The chapters span gender and work concerns in the Global South and North, the measurement of gender inequalities and the important role of employment relations institutions in bringing about a better future for working women.’
– Marian Baird AO, The University of Sydney, Australia
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