Breaking out of the Pink-Collar Ghetto

Breaking out of the pink-collar ghetto: policy solutions for non-college women was recently reviewed by Emily Stiehl in the Journal of Labor Research’s Summer 2009 edition.  In her review, Stiehl writes:


This book is recommended for those studying labor economics, public policy and female/gender studies.

Mastracci’s Breaking Out of the Pink-Collar Ghetto is a notable contribution to the expanding stream of research on women and work. Although the book adopts an interdisciplinary approach, it emphasizes the importance of policy intervention as a solution for overcoming institutional barriers that may prevent some women from obtaining jobs with highter wages.

She concludes her review stating,

This book…provides descriptive data to argue that pink-collar workers are disadvantaged in the workplace; it offers a solution in the form of employment in non-traditional jobs; and finally, it presents evidence that women can increase their wages and skills by entering non-traditional occupations.

Do you think this book supports President Obama’s policy initiatives that encourage women to go back to school?

About La Loria Konata

La Loria Konata is an Assistant Professor and the Policy Studies Librarian. She holds a Juris Master from Emory Law, a Master in Public Administration from Georgia State and Master in Library Science from Clark Atlanta.
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