Women in the Labour Force

  • Bernard Carl Rosen


All societies regulate the entry of women into the labour force. In some societies women are sequestered in familial environs and forbidden to have contact with strangers, a restriction that in effect excludes them from paid employment outside the home. Other societies permit women to work in non-familial settings provided the job is seen as an extension of their ordinary household functions — for example, preparing and serving food, caring for children, making, repairing, or cleaning domestic consumables. Only a relatively few societies let women choose work from a broad spectrum of occupations, and even these grow testy when women enter fields traditionally assigned to men. For all societies consider some work more fitting to one sex than to the other, though, of course, what is thought fitting differs from culture to culture.1


Labour Market Labour Force Service Sector Service Work Domestic Service 
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© Bernard Carl Rosen 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Carl Rosen
    • 1
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityUSA

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