This collection analyzes women’s narratives on the workplace. These narratives speak to the daily struggles women face in the workforce, such as inflexible and long work hours, masculine workplace cultures, employers’ stereotypical attitudes, and the absence of work-life balance initiatives. Viewed from a sociological perspective, the authors emphasize the reoccurring themes of devaluation, exploitation, and dehumanization of female workers resulting from unconscious or implicit bias and which directly impacts women’s quality of life.
Marquita Walker is interim chair and associate professor in the Department of Labor and Social Justice Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.
Part I: The Gender Wage Gap
Chapter 1: Precarious Employment Intersecting with Gender: Are Women Punished More?
Chapter 2: Women Tea Workers of Munnar: Daily Negotiations with the Restrictive Spaces
Chapter 3: Gender-based Disparities in the Medical Field: The Female Physician Story
Chapter 4: Voicing the Invisible: Women’s Home-based Work and Labor in Istanbul’s Garment Industry
Part II: The Use of Language to Devalue Women in the Workplace
Chapter 5: How Students Think about Women Professors: Enforcement of Hegemonic Femininity in Students’ End-of-Term Evaluations
Chapter 6: Career Impediments for Women in Turkish Engineering Academia
Part III: Institutional Structures which Reinforce Women’s Secondary Status
Chapter 7: The Impact of the 2017 Labour Reform in Gender Issues in Brazil
Chapter 8: The Effect of Indirect Bias on Gender Equality in the Building Trades
Chapter 9: Gendered agribuisness, feminization of work and the seeds of empowerment: The case of women of Greenehouse
Chapter 10: Gender in Midwestern Building Trades: Tokenism and Beyond
A compelling new book, Female Voices from the Worksite, edited by Marquita R. Walker, makes an important contribution to understanding how women workers around the globe are marginalized and exploited. Using qualitative research from a wide variety of scholars, Female Voices from the Worksite shines a bright light on how both explicit and direct discrimination and implicit bias create barriers for women to participate as equal economic actors and human beings.