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Patriarchy and DevelopmentWomen's Positions at the End of the Twentieth Century$
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Valentine M. Moghadam

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198290230

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198290230.001.0001

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Introduction and Overview

Introduction and Overview

(p.1) Introduction and Overview
Patriarchy and Development

Valentine M. Moghadam

Oxford University Press

The ‘feminization of labour’, or what others would refer to as the ‘globalization of female labour’ has been an emerging phenomenon. In several countries around the world, it is observable that the literacy, educational attainment, life expectancy, participation in decision-making process on both national and international levels, and the participation of women as members of the labour force have all been on the increase throughout the recent years. While industrialization in most countries suggest a mutual relationship between overall development and the increase in the employment of women, there are still, however, significant gaps between the advancement of men and women because of instances of gender discrimination. Through taking empirical, theoretical, and historical approaches, this book attempts to look into the effects of economic development on the status and lives of women across the globe.

Keywords:   feminization of labour, globalization of female labour, labour force, development, employment, gender discrimination

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