Women and Employment: perspectives, images and views

Published on 7 January par Institut du genre

This international conference is the third in a series on women’s work and employment. The first one, organised by Martine Stirling in October 2014, focused on European countries and examined the reasons why women employees are often at a disadvantage compared to their male counterparts in terms of power, salary and position on the company ladder despite equal or higher qualifications and abilities.

The second conference, organised by Martine Stirling and Delphine Sangu in June 2016, tried to show how European women, over the years, have adapted their working methods to fit in with family demands as well as the social and technological environment.

Our third conference will focus on current/contemporary views and opinions surrounding women’s work as well as the different views women have of their work, this time not only across Europe but throughout the world. Indeed, although legislation in many countries has made it possible for women to integrate most professional areas and to go beyond the boundaries of their home, a wide gap remains between theory and practice as progress is often fragile (Perrot, 2006). Research regularly highlights the divide that needs to be breached in terms of professional equality, a divide which is broader in certain professional and geographical sectors than others (Maruani, 2013). It also raises the problem of the frequent lack of recognition of women’s work. In 2016, a UN enquiry estimated the share of unpaid work in the economy to amount to something between 10 and 39% of GDP depending on countries, thus contributing more to the economy than key sectors like trade, industry and transport. Each year, on April 5th, Canada celebrates Invisible World Labor Day. This initiative, which has been taken up by a number of countries, is however less well known than International Women’s Day on March 8th, although it shares some of its objectives.

June 19, 20, 21 2019. Deadline for submissions: March 1st

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