Gender and Class

To define the ‘employment aggregate’ would be to say that it is the ratio between male and female workers within a particular labour market, which can also be applied to both class and gender. It does not however consider the dynamics of gender, but relies on social stereotypes regarding the role of the ‘breadwinner’.

In the article, Crompton is critical of occupational class schemes because of the persistence of sex discrimination within labour markets. She argues that when applied to male and female populations they produce very different outcomes, and furthermore, that the same occupation may be associated with different ‘life chances’ in the same respects. Sex discrimination act

Due to the persistence of sexual discrimination within the workplace there is a clear sexual division of labour, which is characterised by the male breadwinner idea, which has cemented the masculine and feminine stereotype