Women on the Polish Labor Market
Edited by Mike Ingham, European Studies Research
Institute, University of Salford, UK Hilary Ingham,
Department of Economics, Lancaster University,
Henryk Domanski, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology
of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Can women succeed? Is women's work appreciated equally
to men's? Do women's salaries reflect the quality and
quantity of work they do? Does gender make a difference?
These questions, which often emerge even in democratic
societies and free-market economies, are much more acute
in the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe.
Gender has been an issue thus far neglected in transition
Drawing on official statistics, an international multidisciplinary
team of sociologists, economists, demographers and geographers
examines how women have been affected by the labor market
reforms in Poland in the transition period of the 1990s.
The issues discussed include occupational segregation,
the social mobility of women, demographic change, the
power and participation of women in public life, women's
organizations, and labor market reform.
The historical background provided and comparison
with other transition countries add a wider perspective
to the studies. The innovative message of the book is
that, contrary to popular belief and some populist media
reporting, women share the fate of their male compatriots
and fare as well (or as badly) as men in post-communist
Central and Eastern Europe. But to achieve this, women
have to endure much hitherto unrevealed hardship and
strong adjustment pressure.
Written lucidly and with a non-technical approach,
Women on the Polish Labor Market is of interest not
only to policy-makers and researchers in the fields
of sociology, economy, and women's studies, but also
to the general reader.
"Gender differences are shown to be pervasive
and also to vary across other long extant and persisting
dimensions of inequality such as territorial divisions
of Poland, industries and branches of the economy, and
city versus countryside. The volume shows features unique
to Poland as well as those shared with other countries
going through a similar transition from communism...
the volume addresses some important questions about
deep and unsettling changes..." - Slavic Review
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