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Forgotten FamiliesEnding the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy$
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Jody Heymann

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156591.001.0001

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Economic and Gender Inequalities

Economic and Gender Inequalities

(p.113) 5 Economic and Gender Inequalities
Forgotten Families

Jody Heymann

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the implications of global transformations on family income, the ability of children and parents to exit poverty, and the degree of equality between girls and boys, men and women. At times, the goal of having both men and women in the family in the formal labor force was to increase economic security. At other times, the goal was to increase gender equality. As parents have moved from trading their labor in kind to being paid in cash, from controlling their own hours to answering to an employer, from working with their children right by their sides to working far from home, what has happened to their economic security? The chapter also examines whether parents are able to succeed in formal and informal workplaces, in cities and towns transformed by the global economy, at the same time as rearing their children.

Keywords:   poverty, gender inequality, family income, global transformation, labor force transformation, economic security

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