HomeUncategorizedResearch Shows that “Blue-collar jobs are still as [gender] segregated as they were in the 1950s.”
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Great post, TomP. My mom’s home health aide has informed me quite a lot on this subject — that is another industry that is predominately women and are paid extremely low wages.

Far too many jobs that are traditionally held by women, such as teachers, are not paid what they should be. Nursing may fall into that category too because they should get paid closer to what doctors earn, given the work they do in many cases.


Although what teachers make is generally not proportional to many other professional jobs, I was glad, when I was teaching in a public school, that at least we had a salary schedule that ensured that there were no gender differences between us in what we made.

But you’re right that those traditionally female-held jobs, like teachers and nurses, are probably underpaid generally for exactly that reason.


Once men dominate the teacher field, nursing jobs and are the majority of social workers, the pay will increase for those professions!


That’s likely what it will take.


One blue-collar job that is wide open for women, and the pay is usually equal, is trucking. Drivers are basically paid by the mile, so if you put in the miles, you can make a good paycheck. Different companies pay differently, of course, and some are awful, but they either compensate or exploit male and female drivers the same.

Hubs has been driving since 2000, and seen a lot of changes. One of those IS the number of females driving. Where else can a single mother with no higher education make $50K or more a year? Hard life, but it keeps food on the table, and a lot of the ladies leave the kids with grandma. Lot of drivers, including Hubs, with college degrees – some advanced – who can’t find jobs in the white collar sector, and it beats the hell out of flipping burgers or steaming lattes.

If I were younger (or not so arthritic), I’d become an electrician or plumber. I’m good at both, LOL. And if I had a license, we’d be set.


Interesting! I have noticed with my paint crews more women working as painters too. They are much better at the trim work I must say! One of our carpenter subs is a woman and she is fantastic but very few women around my area who are electricians or plumbers.


That’s a shame. A friend and I were the first 2 women to be employed by the grounds crew at NAU in Flagstaff, long time ago.

Would’ve thought that kind of discrimination was long gone. And yes, teachers and nurses are not paid nearly enough. Both of them work long hours, take a lot of blaming, and are a big part of the backbone of this country.


You are a trailblazer, {{{sister! }}}


aww tanks.

Fleur de Lisa

Haven’t gotten my copy of ASR yet – I’ll look for this one. This reminds me of an issue that came up between two of the unions at a university where I worked long ago. The buildings and grounds workers – all men- were paid more than the clerical workers – almost all women. When the clerical workers union brought it up in negotiations, the b&g workers union claimed it was because the b&g workers were higher skilled. The clerical workers were not amused.


Grrrrrr. I’ll bet they weren’t amused.


My father ran a hospital housekeeping/grounds department. The tensions between male and female staff despite the salaries being set by the city contracts were phenomenal. Dad was a real feminist in his own way so would counter the pay dis-equity by ensuring woman workers got the best pickings. Of course, he would flip this using misogynistic or ego centric framing (e.g., after 3 pm they’re really elsewhere, more OT for you, who wants to work the ER bathrooms?). The women eventually caught on to how to get the most for there time/efforts with most working the 7 to 3 tour (and thus being able to get 4-12 work elsewhere or getting more overtime during busy seasons).


Good for him! (And them.)

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