Barriers to equality: men's and women's attitudes to workplace entitlements in Australia

Baxter, J (2000) Barriers to equality: men's and women's attitudes to workplace entitlements in Australia. Journal of Sociology, 36 1: 12-29.


Author Baxter, J
Title Barriers to equality: men's and women's attitudes to workplace entitlements in Australia
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8690
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/144078330003600102
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 12
End page 29
Total pages 18
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines attitudes to workplace entitlements, such as parental leave and flexible work hours. Family friendly policies such as leave to care for children have implications for feminist debates about sameness versus difference and the extent to which such policies will lead to greater equality between men and women, or alternatively, further entrench existing gender divisions of labour: Using data from a recent national survey in Australia, the paper shows that while the Australian workforce is generally in favour of workplace entitlements, women are generally more supportive of these kinds of benefits than men. Surprisingly, most respondents are more supportive of unpaid rather than paid parental leave. The results also show that the most important determinants of support for work entitlements are a combination of the extent to which one needs work entitlements and employment location. The results raise issues about whether the provision of workplace entitlements will encourage greater participation by men in domestic responsibilities, or simply ease women's double burden of paid and unpaid work.
Keyword Sociology
Families
Gender
Work
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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