Reviewing Gendered Employment Policies

Men for Tomorrow Working paper 09/14
ISBN 10: 0 9523529 9 0
ISBN 13: 978-0-9523529-9-0

Belinda Brown writes:

“The following article looks at the government’s strategy of encouraging female employment, and identifies three problems with it. Firstly, policies to encourage female employment can have a perverse effect on gender equality. Secondly, women do not appear to want to increase their levels of employment. Finally, female employment may not contribute to the economy as much as the government assume. As the economic argument is the main driver of the policy its failure here is most significant.

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There are a number of factors which need to be taken into consideration. Firstly, there has been no return on investment analysis of the family friendly employment strategies which lie at the heart of this policy. Secondly, the impact of female employment on male employment has not been considered. Further, the relative costs of female and male unemployment have not been explored. The complex relationship between male unemployment and single parenthood also needs to be taken into consideration. In addition to this male employment brings positive benefits both to family life and to female employment. Any proper analysis of the costs and benefits of gendered employment policies needs to build this into the equation. When all these factors are taken into consideration the drive to increase female employment appears to be misguided…” (read more)


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Men for Tomorrow Working paper 09/14
ISBN 10: 0 9523529 9 0
ISBN 13: 978-0-9523529-9-0

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